Statistics for occurrence #1 of “East Indies” in chapter 1 of George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 5, 13th edition.:
But in their European relations, the Netherlands were no more a great maritime power.
They had opulent free ports in the West Indies, colonies in South America, Southern Africa, and the East Indies , with the best harbor in the Indian Ocean: their paths, as of old, were on the deep, and their footsteps in many waters.
They knew they could be opulent only through commerce, and their system of m...
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