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Half the crew were lost before the expedition made it back to the Netherlands the following year, but with enough spices to make a considerable profit.
In 1598, an increasing number of fleets were sent out by competing merchant groups from around the Netherlands.
The company's economic activity in Mauritius largely contributed to the extinction of the dodo, a flightless bird that was endemic to the island.
Around the world and especially in English-speaking countries, the VOC is widely known as the "Dutch East India Company".
Further, a number of Dutchmen like Jan Huyghen van Linschoten and Cornelis de Houtman obtained first hand knowledge of the "secret" Portuguese trade routes and practices, thereby providing opportunity.View of Table Bay with ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), c. In the 1600s the size of the Dutch merchant fleet probably exceeded the combined fleets of England, France, Spain, Portugal, and Germany.