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may 25, 1601 - 1601 The First Voyage

Description:

Five vessels leave Woolwich for the Spice Islands or East Indies led by James Lancaster holding six letters of introduction from The Queen, each with a blank space for the name of the local King. Lancaster intended to trade iron, lead and British broad cloth for spice, but made little impression as the Dutch controlled trade, and the broad cloth was deemed too heavy to be of value by those living in the tropics.

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27 Sep 2017
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British EIC

Date:

may 25, 1601
Now
~ 417 years ago
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