III.1 Trade, Cargoes, and Contracts

The massive collection of VOC archives in Jakarta offer thousands of documents about intra-Asian and European-Asian trade. The Daily Journals of Batavia Castle were kept to record all large incoming and departing European ships plus their cargoes. Thousands of fluyts, frigates, brigantines, shallops and other types of ships are registered along with short lists of their cargoes. All these ships and cargo listings together with tens of thousands of small requests, bills, reports and letters which can still be found in the archives. Such documents offer new insights into the flow of goods in the intra-Asian and European-Asian trade.