Taking the Companies to Court | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 131, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



Both the Dutch East and West India Companies were taken to court in the Republic. Court cases were pursued to the highest court in the Republic, the appellate Hoge Raad van Holland, Zeeland en West-Friesland (High Court), by subjects of the States General and by foreigners, individuals, and groups. This article focuses on wage claims which involved issues of inheritance, shipwreck, and illegal private trade. They show the wide pool of litigants who took on the companies, and the use of the court to manage labour disputes. Litigation involving the VOC and WIC has long been ignored by scholars, but this article showcases the contribution that can be made to the fields of social, economic, and legal history through analysis of the High Court records.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error