March 20, 1602: The Dutch East India Company is founded. The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-indische Compagnie) was founded through the sponsorship of the Dutch government, who granted it a monopoly over trade in the East Indies through a charter that was set to expire after twenty-one years. The company could, through this charter, build forts and conduct military and diplomatic activities in the area, which would help to protect and direct Dutch trade in the East Indies
No photos exist that show the atrocious conditions in the concentration camps for Dutch women and children on Java under the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) during WWII. These Sept 20, 1945 photos of Camp Banjoebiroe 10 in Central Java were taken 5 weeks after the end of WWII by Lady Mountbatten, wife of Lord Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia.