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Europeans in India – Part 7 The Dutch Enter the Fray Section I: Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)

Canberra, 20 January 2023 Spain and Portugal, both staunchly Catholic countries, had divided the world between them at the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494. England and Netherlands, or Holland as it is sometimes known, both protestant countries, refused to agree to this arbitrary decision, defending the principle that ‘the sea was as free as the […]

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CRISIS IN MALI: THE FRENCH INTERLUDE

Canberra, 08 March 2013 On 8 January, the acting President of Mali formally requested French assistance to roll back the advance of rebel Islamic forces that had already overrun the entire northern part of the nation and was in the process of advancing on the town of Mopti, on the way to the capital Bamako. […]

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