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Term Definition

Type of guards appointed by the Governor of Nagasaki.


Present-day Jakarta, headquarters of the VOC in Asia.


Boatswain. Petty Officer or deck boss, supervised the standing and running rigging of the ship, especially that of the mainmast. The boatman had the boatman's mate and all the sailors under him.


Free citizen, person not employed by the Company who, with the Company's permission, settled on Company territory, usually ex-servants; in the 19th century also: descendants of these free citizens, in particular 'Dutch Burghers'. They sometimes owned their own ships to trade themselves. Also called freemen in plural.