Category:Opium in the Dutch East Indies

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Opium trade and manufacturing in the Dutch East Indies was one of the monopolies exclusively hold by the Dutch East India Company. Opium trade became important already in the 17th century. The trade with opium was concentrated in Jakarta (former: Batavia), manufacturing and trade through the East Indies and the East India Company had major influences on the Opium Wars. Consume of opium also became a problem in Indonesia. Since 1904 opium was produced and distributed (sold) under government controll (opiumregie) to reduce the abuse.


  • Burger, M. (2003), The Forgotten Gold? The Importance of the Dutch opium trade in the Seventeenth Century. In: Eidos. University College Utrecht Academic Magazine, Issue 2/2003. Online: Utrecht University.
  • Rush, James R. (2007), Opium to Java: Revenue Farming and Chinese Enterprise in Colonial Indonesia. Equinox Publishing, 2007. Online: Google books.


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