On 23 April 1601, Jacob van Heemskerk left for the Moluccas with a fleet of five ships, including the Gelderland. During the voyage, they stop at the island of Mauritius to stock up on fresh provisions. Water, fruit, birds, fish and turtles abound here. One of these birds is the dodo, ‘as big as one of our Swans’. The ship’s log of the Gelderland contains the earliest Dutch drawings of the dodo. These sketches are unique because they are the only ones ever made of living dodos. The drawings can be seen in the exhibition ‘The World of the VOC’, a voyage based on personal stories that features unique maps, ship’s logs, letters, drawings and much more. The VOC was the first multinational in the world, established in 1602 to trade in spices. The company had more employees worldwide than any other company in the world.