NETHERLANDS : — EAST INDIES
Diplomatic and Consular Representatives.
1. Of the Netherlands in Great Britain. Envoy and Minister. — Dr. W. Baron van Goltstein van OlJenaller. Councillor. — Dr. A. W. Baron Schimmelpenninck van der Oye. Chancellor. — H. N. Brouwer, Consul- General in London. — H. S. J. Maas ; appointed 1897.
Netherlands Consular representatives are at the following places in the United Kingdom : —
(Southampton). Ramsgate. Stockton, Sunderland. Swansea. Weymouth. Yarmouth.
2. Of Great Britain in the Netherlands.
Envoy and Minister. — Sir Henry Howard, K.C.M.G., C.B. ; accredited October 1.5, 1896.
Secretary. — A. F. Leveson-Gower.
British Consular representatives are placed in the following places in the Netherlands : —
Amsterdam (C). The Hague. Rotterdam (C).
Brouwershaven Harlingen. Terneuzen.
Dordrecht. Helder. Texel.
The colonial possessions of the Netherlands, situated in the East Indies and the West Indies, embrace an area of about 783,000 English square miles. The total population, according to the last returns, was, approximately, 35,000,000, or about seven times as large as that of the mother country.
DUTCH EAST INDIES.
The Dutch possessions in Asia, forming the territory of Dutch East India (Nederlandsch Oost Indie), are situated between 6° N. and 11° S. latitude, and between 95" and 141" E. longitude.
In 1602 the Dutch created their East India Company. This Company conquered successively the Dutch East Indies, and ruled them during nearly two centuries. After the dissolution of the Company in 1798 the Dutch possessions were governed by the mother-country.
Government and Constitution.
Politically, the territory, which is under the sovereignty of the Nether- lands, is divided in (1) Lands under direct government ; (2) Vassal lands ; (3) Confederated lands.