Pieter van den Broecke had a long career in the service of various companies. He started out working as a trader on expeditions to the West African coast. From 1613 he entered the service of the VOC, for which he sailed to the Arabic peninsula in 1614. He established the first Dutch trade ties there at the city of Aden, but could not get permission from the pasha of Yemen to establish a post at the city. He did succeed in securing a trading post at the small sultanate of Shiriz, which lasted until 1616. He also established the first VOC post at Suratte in northern India. After a failed expedition against Portuguese interests in the Indian Ocean, he became stranded near Suratte and marched through the Indian subcontinent to Dutch holdings in southeastern India. In 1618, with Jan Pietersz. Coen in the Moluccas, Van den Broecke was in charge of the Dutch fort at Jacatra, when it was besieged by the English and Javanese. Coen later arrived to relieve Broecke and the garrison and conquer the city. In 1620, Van den Broecke became governor of the VOC holdings in north India, Persia and Arabia, a post he managed from the VOC lodge in Suratte until 1628. In 1629 he departed definitively from north India and in the following year he arrived home in the Dutch Republic. There, he published a book on about his various journeys in Africa and Asia. In 1634 he returned to the East Indies and died in 1640 at the VOC siege of Malacca.