Oostenburg was one of the Eastern Islands (Oostelijke Eilanden) in Amsterdam, built in 1650, in de the Golden Age. The island was constructed by the VOC, the Dutch East India Company
(Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), a trading corporation that was founded in 1602 and became defunct in 1799. It pioneered globalization and invented what might be the first modern
bureaucracy. It fostered disease, slavery, and exploitation on a scale never before imaged, traveling to the East, to colony Batavia (Indonesia). On the Oostenburg
shipyards 500 VOC-ships were built, including slave ships.
Today three national newspapers, Het Parool, de Volkskrant and Trouw have their offices on this location.