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The destruction by fire of the archives of the former Admiralties of the Dutch Republic in 1844 constitutes the principal obstacle facing any historian of Dutch naval power. J. C. de Jonge, Geschiedenis van het Nederlandsche zeewesen, whose first edition appeared between 1833 and 1848 (with an enlarged five-volume second edition in 1858-62), managed to make use of this resource before it burnt down, but Jaap R. Bruijn has had to resort to other primary and secondary sources. His admirably compact The Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Columbia: U. of South Carolina P., 1993; pp. xv + 258. $34.95) falls into three sections: first 'The "Old" Navy, late sixteenth century - 1652'; then 'The "New" Navy, 1652-1713'; and finally 'A Second-Rate Navy, 1714-1795'. The last section is the longest, because so many more administrative sources (for example, muster rolls and payrolls) survive...
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Parker, Geoffrey. "The Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries." The English Historical Review, vol. 111, no. 441, 1996, p. 477+. Academic OneFile, Accessed 19 Nov. 2018.
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