The Golden Age
The Dutch Golden Age (Gouden Eeuw) was a period in the history of the Netherlands, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world.
In 1602, the first-ever multinational corporation (VOC) was founded, financed by shares that established the first modern stock exchange. The Company received a Dutch monopoly on Asian trade, which it would keep for two centuries, and it became the world’s largest commercial enterprise of the 17th century. Groupe 1602 is proud of its Dutch roots and of the trade knowledge and heritage of our home base country, The Netherlands.