VOC – could hear professor Porter’s lectures (Asian history at UNM)
about VOC resounding in my head.
VOC = The United East Indian Company
(from Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie)
referred to by the British as the Dutch East India Company
VOC was originally established as a chartered company in 1602, when the Dutch government granted VOC a 21-year monopoly on the Dutch spice trade.
It is often considered to be the world’s first truly transnational corporation.