In 1641 the VOC ordered an exploration of Madagascar and the surrounding islands, whereby setting up standards would claim them for the Company. A small base was established in the Bay of Antogil at the north east coast. The local ruler agreed to submit to the sovereignty of the Dutch Republic and to supply slaves. Trading posts were also set up in other places such as Fombetokke. However, the results were disappointing and in 1646 the VOC administrators in Batavia decided to withdraw their people from the island.