The dutch had a monopoly on shipping in the 17th century. What establishments were made to ship from France, England, Spain, the Baltic, and other places. What places did these organizations discover?
The East India Company came first and it discovered Batavia (now Jakarta) in Indonesia. They had access to Japan via Nagasaki. When they settled New Amsterdam, they set up the West India Company which colonized Curacao, Guiana, and parts of Brazil. They also took the Cape of Good Hope from Portugal.