'The Root China' Wenceslaus Hollar
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'The Root China'
Botanical study of ‘The Root China’ (Ginseng), with mountains and a settlement visible in the background. The accompanying text states that the plant is used in the treatment of ‘Spanish pox’ and gout.
Plate from the book An embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperour of China...., by John Nieuhoff (London, 1669).
John Nieuhoff (1618-1672), Dutch traveller, was appointed steward of the mission to China under Peter van Goyer and Jacob van Keyser, ambassadors of the Dutch East India Company.
The Dutch East India Copmany (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC) began operating in South Asia, and over the next century expanded its colonial operations to Mauritius and South Africa. It is known to have made use of slave labour from early on. Laurens Real, the Governor-General in the East Indies from 1615-1619, first introduced slave labour into the nutmeg plantations on Amboina in the East Indies, and his successor, Jan Pieterzoon Coen (1619-1623 and 1627-1629) introduced it in the remaining of VOC settlements.
- Image reference: RS-6191
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