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Mon 5 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 6 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 24 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Oranjehof

Open on weekdays 10am – 5pm, weekends 10am – 6pm.

This exhibition tells the story of the voyage of Abel Tasman from Batavia (Djakarta, Indonesia) to New Zealand and other Islands in the Pacific.

It is interesting as it shows the difficulties the sailors were facing on their long trips at sea on very small sailing boats and about the hierarchy on board the ships and some of the history of the Dutch East - India Company, the biggest trading company of all times.

The VOC was set up in 1602, head-quartered in downtown Amsterdam. It was founded as a private merchant company that was granted a two decade long monopoly by the government for spice trading in Asia, in particular the Dutch East-Indies, known today as the Republic of Indonesia.

The company was the first official company to issue stocks, which peaked during the Dutch “Tulip Mania”, a craze for tulip bulbs that is seen as the world’s first true financial bubble.

The VOC’s stocks pushed the company’s worth to a massive 78 million Dutch guilders, which is a pretty solid business even today, but translates to a whopping $7,9 trillion dollar worth today… Yes, really, trillion. That’s 7,900 billion – or 79,000 million!

Abel Tasman's account of his voyage and the maps that were produced during the voyage helped Captain Cook 128 years later to reach the shores of New Zealand too.

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