Lijntgens, Pieter (d. ca. 1605)
Pieter Lijntgens, a Mennonite who died after 1605, was the leader of an important trading house at Amsterdam. Lijntgens had invested more than 100,000 guilders in the East India Company, founded in 1602, but since this trading company dealt with privateers, Lijntgens sold his shares as most Mennonites did, because such illegal profits did not agree with their moral principles. Lijntgens intended to found a new company for the trade with the Dutch East Indies, whose ships would be unarmed, but the Dutch States-General, fearing the competition and wishing to support the monopoly, decided that only ships of the old East India Company would be allowed to trade with the East Indies. Thereupon a Compagnie-Lijntgens was founded, which tried to obtain a license from France to carry on trade from France to the Indies. This plan, however, was never carried out, probably because of the death of Lijntgens.
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