Oranda Higashi Indo Gaisha (The Dutch East India Company)

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The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) was a chartered company established in 1602 to develop trade between East Asia and Europe. In the late 17th century, with the fall of the Ming Dynasty, China was in turmoil and as a result, the Chinese porcelain trade was disrupted. The VOC needed a replacement for the Chinese porcelain it had been trading and found it in Arita ware. These porcelain products were brought to the port of Imari just to the north of Arita for export, and as a result, Arita ware’s fame spread across the world.

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