Dutch West India Company, a company chartered by the Netherlands States-General (assembly) in 1621 to trade with Spanish and Portuguese colonies in America and Africa, and to settle Dutch colonies.
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The control of Jerusalem and conflicts between Islam and the Western world may read like topics from today's headlines. But they were also at the heart of the Crusades.
Cook, James (1728 - 1779), a British navigator. Captain Cook accurately charted vast regions of the South Pacific; provided a basis for England's claim to Australia and New Zealand; and developed a diet that prevented scurvy among seamen.