Why was the Fluyt, a Dutch type sailing ship originating in the sixteenth century, so important in the development of the Dutch trading empire?

Answer: The Fluyt was one of the first ships designed exclusively for commerce. As it was not required to be converted into a warship at time of conflict, it was cheaper and larger than rival ships, giving the Dutch a tremendous advantage in the seventeenth century.

Source: The Sea in World History by Stephen K. Stein

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