The first European nation to break through the Portuguese monopoly in the east was__:

Answer: [B] Netherlands

The Netherlands is considered to be the first European nation which broke through the Portuguese monopoly in the east. During the entire 16th century, the ports of Bruges, Antwerp, and Amsterdam became successively the great emporiums where Indian produce, imported by the Portuguese, was sold to Germany and even to England. In the beginning both Dutch and English, attempted to find their way to India by sailing around the northern coast of Europe and Asia.

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