Cultivation System

Cultivation System

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  • The Beginnings of the Cultivation System
  • Johannes van den Bosch
  • I need to find a way to make money..
  • Cultuurstelsel
  • Work!
  • The Cultivation System was created in the mid-19th century to increase the profits of the Dutch East Indies. The policy was created by the Dutch Government to bring the Netherlands out of bankruptcy.
  • Tanam Paksa
  • Johannes van den Bosch was the new Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. He was appointed in 1830 by the Dutch to help alleviate the costs due to the Belgian Revolution.
  • Revenue
  • The Cultivation System, or Cultuurstelsel was mainly implemented in Java. They tasked the natives to bring at least 20% of their crops to the government for export, or work in government plantations for 60 days.
  • The Javanese
  • The Dutch set up a group of Native middlemen to process and tellthe other Natives to farm the crops. They got very wealthy in the process as well.
  • As a result of the Cultivation System, the export rates of the Dutch East Indies increased by 14% per annum. The colony got self-sustaining and many others got very wealthy.
  • Also, even though the Javanese become more impoverished, in the long term they have recieved a large increase in standard of living. 
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