- Jul 2015
You are forgetting that large parts of national history focus on what is the current nation. If you take the Netherlands, only the provinces of Zealand and Holland made money with maritime expeditions and colonies (the VOC and WIC only had offices in those provinces for example). Even so the most money they made didn't come from the colonies, but mostly from activities in the north like Baltic trading and whaling. Even the money made in the colonies was mostly trade and mostly Asian trade. The VOC made most of its money by buying in the Indies and selling in India and China and vice versa. The western colonies (WIC) were mainly a drag. The company refused to really invest, so it basically remained a couple of sugar plantations (Brazil and Surinam) and trading hub (Antilles) of which the slave trade was one of the biggest components.I would say that in some countries it's probably too little, but for that I would need access to those textbooks to see. It's not just slavery though, there are other things as bad or just as bad.
So yeah when you talk about national history (like you get in school) it gets the importance it deserves.