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East Indies,

name formerly used for the Malay ArchipelagoMalay Archipelago,
great island group of SE Asia, formerly called the East Indies. Lying between the Asian mainland and Australia, and separating the Pacific Ocean from the Indian Ocean, it includes Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and E Malaysia.
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, but also more restrictively for Indonesia and more widely to include SE Asia. It once referred chiefly to India.

East Indies


the term previously used with reference to India and several other countries in South and Southeast Asia. It originated as the antonym of the term “West Indies,” after Europeans traveling east from Europe reached the shores of the Hindustan Peninsula. At that time, Europeans believed the Caribbean islands discovered by Columbus to be India (or the Indies).

For a long time the term “East Indies” continued to be used in connection with the colonial activities of the British East India Company, the Dutch East India Company, the French East India Company, and the India Company, which replaced the French company.

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Jan Jongejans (1883-1939) enjoyed a textbook career in the East Indies, ending up as Resident successively of Menado and Aceh.
Although the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC, Dutch East Indies Company) opposed forthright evangelism and caused the close of this training program, (8) the VOC regularly employed ordained ministers in the Indies and sometimes looked the other way while the ministers pursued evangelism of the local populace.
A literary survey of Indonesian pre-war history reveals that the Chinese of the East Indies felt that they had been unfairly treated by the Dutch colonial regime especially where socio-economic laws and status were concerned (Suryadinata, Minority 116-17; Suryadinata, Adaptation 57; Williams 28).
Suzanne Moon has pioneered a new approach to studying development in Indonesia, by carefully reconstructing the debates about development and economic change in early twentieth-century Netherlands East Indies.
Instead of making the perilous voyage around the Cape of Good Hope, merchant ships from the East Indies would dock in Scottish territory, where the goods would be transferred across to the Atlantic.
As was common in the East Indies and neighboring Philippines, Balinese warriors often went amok, attacking KNIL personnel with the intention of killing as many of the hated invaders as possible before they themselves were cut down.
In well documented and brilliantly argued chapters two and four of her book, the author discusses Grotius' use of the so-called Spanish Black Legend to defend Dutch actions in the Far East and to provide arguments for peace negotiations with Philip III, which would open the East Indies for Dutch merchants.
Hence, on arrival, that collection of islands known today as the Caribbean was assumed to be the East Indies.
In the 15th century, Africa was a virtually unknown, threatening place, and Prince Henry sponsored a series of expeditions in a bid to exploit new sources of natural resources for their trading potential, with particular reference to the profit possibilities of Saharan trade routes, and the desire for a sea passage to the East Indies.
Profit and Principle: Hugo Grotius, Natural Rights Theories and the Rise of Dutch Power in the East Indies 1595-1615.
According to his military history sheet, he served in Burma, in the East Indies and at home.
Discovery" of Indonesian customary law (adat recht), eloquently defended by Cornelis Van Vollenhoven (1874-1932), and its utilization by the Netherlands East Indies government provoked acrimonious academic and administrative debates both within and between Leiden and Utrecht University schools of thought.

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