The Dutch are a nation in both versions of the game. They have relatively few ports, which aren't as well situated as those of other countries. They aren't at war with other nations as often as the English or French. They start off with only St. Martin in the 'Merchants and Smugglers' 1600s Era of the game. By 1620, they have Curacao as well, which is useful to harass the Spanish and to a certain extent, the French. They are regarded as the second hardest nation in the game, easier than only the Spanish. Their starting ships start off poor, but eventually become very good. They have a class of ships which they exclusively use, the fluyt.