Het West-Indisch Huis (West Indies House)
Het West-Indisch Huis (West Indies House) Review
These former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company (WIC) has major historical significance. Although not as sovereign as the VOC, it was essentially given free rein to trade on Africa's west coast, the Americas, and all the islands of the West Pacific and New Guinea, and to oversee the infamous export of 275,00 slaves from West Africa to the Caribbean in the 17th century. In these rooms, the decision was made to buy Manhattan for 60 guilders. Silver bullion, piled up by Piet Pieterszoon Heyn (or Piet Hein), was collected here in 1628 after Piet won another of his infamous sea battles. Now used as a location for events and marriage ceremonies, you can come into the courtyard of the building via its side entrance on Herenmarkt to see the statue of Peter Stuyvesant.
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