It’s funny that you mention this because this is causing a lot of debate and flak. In the seventeenth century, entrepreneurs (the first multinational in the world) and the then government worked together to reel in as much as business as possible. The huge (privately funded) fleet was in fact manned by legalised pirates. Killing the competition, literally. This consortium ammassed vast riches, running in the billions (now over a trillion). This made the Republic of The Netherlands a very wealthy nation which in turn led to our ‘Golden Age’. Spice traders had so much money that they commissioned the likes of Rembrandt to make paintings, builders to construct huge stately mansions (along the canals of Amsterdam) and so on and so forth.
The admirals of that fleet and the governors of those conquered territories were honoured with street names, town squares and statues. Piet Heyn is one of them. Now they are considered butchers, racists and cutthroats that must be deleted from our history. And this leads to very, very heated discussions and the demand to remove their names and their statues between now and one year.
Yes, they were pirates and scoundrels but their actions must be placed in their time and that was four centuries ago. The protesters that are on social benefit forget that those benefits are there because of the men they despise so much. They laid the foundation for our prosperity. Sorry for this rant.
Addition: in my country replicas of those ships are being build now. Old methods but modern tools. It takes volonteers years and years to finish one, in the seventeenth century it took them..... six weeks from laying the keel.
The "Woke" Idiots want to erase the vestiges of the past like they didn't happen. They want to brand past heroes and brilliant achievers by today's moral standards, not the historical times they lived in.
Usually, the ones ranting the most about their ancestors being the victims of these past injustices, if you looked deep into their ancestor's pasts as well, you would find just as many blemishes.