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The Company and the ShogunThe Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan$
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Adam Clulow

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164283

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164283.001.0001

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The Lord of Batavia

The Lord of Batavia

(p.59) Chapter Two The Lord of Batavia
The Company and the Shogun

Adam Clulow

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the shift in the nature of the Dutch East India Company's diplomatic practice—one that would not only alter the way it did business in Asia but would also have far-reaching consequences for the company's relationship with the Tokugawa regime. After the company's initial dealings in Japan, it eventually dropped the distant figure of the Stadhouder, or the “king of Holland,” in favor of the governor-general and the Batavia Castle. Yet, having accepted missions and letters from the “king of Holland” in 1609 and 1612, the Tokugawa Bakufu refused in 1627 to endorse the company's attempt to substitute one sovereign with another without preparing the ground for the transfer. The Japanese regime, which could simply reference its own diplomatic archives for proof of past assertions about Dutch power structures, held the company's representatives to their own statements about the Stadhouder and demand that they remain consistent.

Keywords:   Stadhouder, king of Holland, governor-general, Batavia Castle, Tokugawa Bakufu, Dutch power structures, diplomatic practice

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