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Historical Sketch Of The Dutch Presence in India– ‘De VOC India’

How has the Dutch, who ruled various ports and cities of India, influenced them? What is the impact of their rule in Kerala’s architecture, religion and culture? What is the reach of the Dutch rule in the country? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Bauke van der Pol’s yet-to-be-released book, De VOC in India.

This Dutch historian traces the influence of the Dutch on India and Indians during and after their 150-year rule (1615 to 1800, approx). Photos, rich text and detailed information make this a great read. Out of 25 chapters, a whole chapter is solely dedicated to Dutch history in Fort Kochi, a coastal hold of the Dutch in Central Kerala.

On his visit, van der Pol was amazed to see the names of streets that were once named in Dutch –Rose Street (Roose Straadt), Lily Street (Lelij Straadt), Napier Street (Heere Straadt) and so on. There were supposed to be seven bastions in Fort Kochi. Some are still in use – the Bristow Hotel (Holland Bastion), Thakur House( Gelderland Bastion), Bastion Bungalow (Stroomburgh) and Bishop’s house (Bastion Zeeland). Some houses, too, have been preserved in their Dutch style. A visit to Vypeen Island revealed the use of Dutch surnames.

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