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Netherlands West India Company

Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie

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[Chartered West India Company (GWC)] image by Mark Sensen, 14 November 1996

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The Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie (GWC, Chartered West India Company) existed 1621-1793 (abolished 1674, re-established 1675).
Mark Sensen, 17 November 1996

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[Chartered West India Company (GWC), other version] by Mark Sensen, 30 July 1998

The upper stripe of the flags of the VOC and GWC was at first orange, and changed like in the Dutch flag to red between 1630 and 1660.
Sometimes a little "v" was attached to the "W". According to Klaes Sierksma this was done by the GWC Amsterdam Chamber to form an "A". Another variant was a large "I" with a "W" over a "C" placed on it.
Source: "Vaandels van de Westindische Compagnie" in Spiegel Historiael (Dutch magazine for history and archeology) April 1975, which is an article about a 17th century manuscript found in 1974 in which 50 military Colours of troops of the GWC were documented.
Mark Sensen, 30 July 1998