Animals of Java, 17th century

Animals of Java, 17th century

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Caption: Animals of Java. 17th-century artwork of crocodiles, with cassowaries at left, in Java. Crocodiles found in Java include the freshwater Siamese crocodile and the much larger saltwater crocodile. 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 on the expedition was made at Java.

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