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Flemish and Dutch Brazil. The Story of a Missed Opportunity
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Flemish and Dutch Brazil. The Story of a Missed Opportunity

(Eddy Stols) The Low Countries - 1995, № 3, pp. 163-171

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The founding in 1621 of a West India Company enabled the Dutch to attack increasing numbers of Spanish and Portuguese ships in the Atlantic, and in 1628 Piet Hein captured the Spanish silver fleet. The proceeds of this exploit financed a second great fleet which, after a short-lived siege of Bahia in 1624, carried out a second, more succesful, attack on Pernambuco in 1630. Between 1637 and 1644 it was under the governorship of John Maurice of Nassau; his administration was culturally brilliant but economically disastrous. However, this Dutch Brazil was lost in 1654.

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