Dutch East Indies
|Dutch East Indies|
Map of the Dutch East Indies showing its territorial expansion from 1800 to its fullest extent prior to Japanese occupation in 1942.
|Head of state|
|•||1800 (first)||Augustijn Gerhard Besier|
|•||1 January 1800|
|•||Feb 1942 – Aug 1945|
|•||17 August 1945|
|•||27 December 1949|
|Today part of|| |
The Dutch East Indies (or Netherlands East-Indies;
During the 19th century, the Dutch possessions and hegemony were expanded, reaching their greatest territorial extent in the early 20th century. This colony was one of the most valuable European colonies under the
The word Indies comes from
Scholars writing in English use the terms Indië, Indies, the Dutch East Indies, the Netherlands Indies, and colonial Indonesia interchangeably.