Steven

The Dutch being welcomed by the Zamorin

The first
Indo-Dutch Agreement

The VOC admiral Steven van der Hagen landed in Kozhikode, a city on India’s southeastern coast, with an aim to establish trading relations. The Zamorin (a title used by the regional rulers) was keen to rid his kingdom of the Portuguese, and a defence as well as commercial treaty was signed between the Zamorin and Van der Hagen. It pledged “eternal friendship, as long as the sun and moon are in the sky.”
Following this Dutch trading facilities were set up at Kozhikode and Ponnani, and in Masulipatnam (1605).