Hendrik Doeff

Hendrik Doeff was born in Amsterdam on December 2, 1777, and sailed to Japan as a scribe for the united Dutch East India Company. Confined to the island of Deshima in the Bay of Nagasaki, he became Chief in 1803 and through force of circumstance, remained in Japan until 1817. He is best known for his Dutch-Japanese Dictionary, the Haruma-Dofu and for having safe guarded the Dutch trade monopoly in Japan.

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