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The Smient was mainly sailing the route intra-Asiatic route Batavia - Deshima.

Interregional Trade
When the VOC fleets reached Batavia, the center of the Dutch trade, they either traded goods and made the return passage, or continued to travel throughout the Far East.
Within Asia, the ships served for either a few months up to several years before returning to their homeland.[5] Subject to ritme of the monsoons, the ships sailed from Batavia in a fan-shaped plan to destinations as Indonesia, India, China, Japan but also Jemen and Persia, where commodities were traded back and forth with great profit. VOC fleets carried a cargo of silver to pay for their desired goods in the various ports.


Type: fluitschip
Built: yard in Amsterdam, 1650
Owner: VOC Kamer van Amsterdam
Tonnage: 200 last (400 ton)
Master: Thijs Krab


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