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Madagascar tribal dance, 17th century

Madagascar tribal dance, 17th century

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Madagascar tribal dance. Madagascar performing a dance around a plant. This scene was 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. During this voyage, Houtman's four ships anchored at a bay in Madagascar where they buried 70 of their dead from an outbreak of scurvy.

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