|Lancaster's voyage to the Indies from 1601 to 1603 on behalf of the East India Company excited investors and the English government alike. He seemed to find willing customers and traders in Asia who were keen to break the Portuguese monopoly on their wares. However, the EIC would not be able to capitalise on this initially successful voyage due to the Dutch East India Company which had access to more capital and who ran their own ruthless campaign to keep out competitors.
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