20 March

 

20 March 1602: The Dutch East India Company or the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), a chartered company that carried out colonial trade operations in Asia for two centuries, was founded on 20 March 1602. It is often considered to be the world’s first truly transnational corporation and the first company in history to actually issue bonds and shares of stock to the general public.

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