chapter  6
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Facing a New World: The Dutch Navy goes Overseas (c. 1750-c. 1850)

In 1750 the Dutch overseas possessions in the West and in Asia were not regular topics of discussion for Dutch naval administrators. These men had other, more pressing items on their agenda. Their meetings were taken up with discussions on the eternal problems of the collection and administration of the fiscal duties in ports and in inland towns, the arrangements for convoy ships and the appointment of officers. The high incidence of diseases amongst crews also demanded their special attention and, in the background, there was the perennial problem of unpaid debts and the structural lack of sufficient financial means. In sum, the East and West India Companies did not cause the naval administrators any concern or take up time at their meetings.