I am creating a timeline, but I need information and your option.
just keeping new amsterdam at its original size will stimulate trade.The Dutch have lots of opportunities, and lots of PODs.
-Expansion of New Amsterdam (though this will inevitably run into trouble and might not be worth it in the long run)
-Expansion of the Cape Colony (easier to achieve and will be left alone for a few centuries at least)
-Settlement of Australia (or at least a good chunk of it before the English or French try too)
-Control/Protectorate over Japan (almost ASB but the Dutch annual mission was several centuries before Perry)
-Holding on to Portuguese Brazil, or at least keeping a large chunk of it.
-Perhaps expanding the holdings of the Dutch East Indies (difficult IMO as it was already very large)
I should add that the bare minimum in my view for "Great Power" status is retaining Belgium and Luxembourg within the fold. An absolute necessity.
It depends on what exactly you want. The Dutch Empire was already pretty good for such a small country. Still, it is relatively easy for the Netherlands to keep Taiwan, Ceylon, South Africa and Ghana. If you can avoid the corruption and decay of the Dutch East India company and the general Dutch economy you can easily keep various parts of India Dutch or you could see a Dutch Malaysia. I think expansion into Indo-China could be theoretically possible. Since the Dutch East India company often used local or foreign troops, overextansion is far less of a problem than in many such cases. As long as the company makes more money than its competitors it can expand. Still you need a lot of luck and more competence than OTL.I am creating a timeline, but I need information and your option.
well apart from the usual death from disease (which happened everywhere)colonies and... well... living in the Netherlands (at least in the 17th and 18th century) was good and there was little need to go live in the colonies. Actualy people migrated towards the Netherlands.
No. Since that was not the way the Dutch Republic worked. Or reality, If the Dutch and English divide the world, the rest of Europe would simply ignore it, just like (almost) everyone besides Portuagal and Spain ignored their treaty.Could William of Orange's reign as British King William III have been used to expand a joint Dutch-British empire or a formal and peaceful division of the remaining known world, akin to the Spanish and Portuguese dividing up south america?