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Springer Financial Documents Collection, Board of Directors for the Muscovite Trade (Directie van de Moscovische handel) Bond
Springer Financial Documents Collection, Board of Directors for the Muscovite Trade (Directie van de Moscovische handel) Bond
TitleSpringer Financial Documents Collection, Board of Directors for the Muscovite Trade (Directie van de Moscovische handel) Bond
DescriptionBond for 1000 Guilders issued to Toon der Duses by the Directie van de Moscovische handel (Board of Directors for the Muscovite Trade.) This bond was related to an effort to raise 65, 000 Guilders to advance trade with Russia, authorized by the States General of the United Netherlands and the City of Amsterdam. The bonds were secured by a 0.5% duty on goods imported or exported to Russia and were to be repaid within six months at a rate of 4% interest.

England had a head start developing trade with Russia with the founding of the English Muscovy Company in 1555, but it was the Dutch who dominated Russian trade throughout the 17th century. Holland desperately needed masts, lumber, hemp and other materials produced in Russia to build and maintain its naval and merchant fleets. In 1697-98 and again in 1717 the reformist Tsar Peter the Great visited the Netherlands, which he viewed as the model of a modern seagoing power. Peter not only favored Dutch commerce, but he employed large numbers of Hollanders in the building and training of his fleet and in the construction of waterways and roads in Russia. The Board of Directors for the Muscovite Trade was formed by the Dutch government at the time of Peter's first visit. This bond coincides with Peters's 1717 visit, during which he and the Netherlands reaffirmed their commercial ties.

The document, dated 4 May 1717, is printed in Dutch on the front of a bifolio and bears an embossed lion seal of the United Netherlands and the signatures of the Board of Directors: Egbert Thesing, Arnoldus Dix, Christoffel Brants, Nicolaas Warin, and Leonard Van Hoesen. The reverse notes two interest payments made on the bond in 1718.

One of the Directors, Christoffel Brants (1664-1732) was particularly friendly with Tsar Peter. The Brants family had longstanding trading connections with Russia, and Christoffel, who supplied muskets to Peter during his victorious military campaigns against Swedish forces in 1707-09, was awarded a Russian peerage by Peter in 1717. Brants's house in Amsterdam, where he received Peter as a guest, still stands and is a historic site.

Gift of Don Springer, 2009.
CreatorBoard of Directors for the Muscovite Trade
Typetext
FormatTIFF, 300 ppi
IdentifierMC91
SourceArchives/Special Collections, Norris L Brookens Library, University of Illinois at Springfield
Languagenl
RelationDon Springer Historical Financial Documents Collection, 1717-1967
RightsPublic Domain. This image may be used freely, with attribution, for research, study and educational purposes. For further information or reproductions, please contact: Archives/Special Collections, University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza, MS BRK 140, Springfield IL 62703-5407. Phone: (217) 206-6520. http://www.uis.edu/archives/
Date Original1717
Physical Description13" x 8"
Date Digital2009-01-28
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