timeline

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1568
Dirk Gerritsz Pomp, a.k.a ‘Dirk China’, reaches Goa. He is the first known Dutchman in India.
1581
Jan Huygen van Linschoten arrives in India. His book, Itinerario, aids the VOC’s (Dutch East India Company) Indian ambitions.
1602
First Dutch merchants visit Surat.
1604
Admiral Steven van der Hagen signs the first official agreement between India and the Netherlands.
1607
Dutchmen settle in Bengal.
1608
Trading post established in Parangipettai (Porto Novo).
1610
Fort Geldria founded in Pulicat.
1610–14
Pieter Both is the first Dutch
Governor- General of VOC territories in India.
1612–13
Dutch settle in Sadras and Pallkollu.
1613
Pallkollu gets its first Dutch settlers.
1616–20
Brisk trade in cotton fabrics, indigo, yarn and silk at Ahmedabad, Bharuch and Surat. The first Dutch lodge built at Surat.
1636–39
Anthony van Diemen, Governor General, attacks Portuguese fleet at Goa. Blockades continue.
1637
Johan van Twist, VOC envoy, is permited by Sultan Mahmud Adil Shah to build a lodge at Vengurla.
1638
VOC trading post set up in Patna.
1645
Lodge and warehouse is in operation at Kayalpatnam.