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Jan Pieterszoon Coen
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Jan Pieterszoon Coen was born in Hoorn, one of the seven towns with a representative in the VOC (Dutch East India Company). His father was a trader, and in 1601 he sent Jan to Rome to be educated in international commerce. The young Coen learned double-entry bookkeeping, a skill that would serve him well in future endeavours.

In December 1607, Coen departed for the East Indies on a fleet of 13 ships as a junior official of t…

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Steenbrink, Karel, “Jan Pieterszoon Coen”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <>

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