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Dutch under attack in Java, 17th century

Dutch under attack in Java, 17th century

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Dutch under attack in Java. Dutch ship being attacked by indigenous people in Java. This scene depicts an event 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 ship was attacked by pirates while travelling from Java to Madura. The pirates were successfully repelled.

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