Animals of Java, 17th century

Animals of Java, 17th century

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Caption: Animals of Java. 17th-century artwork of a rhinoceros, an elephant, a tortoise and an iguana from Java, together with a tree. These animals were observed during a Dutch voyage to the East Indies (Indonesia). Artwork from 'Rerum et urbis Amstelodamensium historia' (1611) a history of Amsterdam by Dutch-Danish royal historiographer Johannes Isacius Pontanus (1571-1639). This book includes descriptions of the first Dutch voyage to the East Indies in 1595 by Cornelis de Houtman. Initial landfall was made at Java. Javan elephants went extinct by the end of the 18th century but some survived on Borneo.

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