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Towards the close of the sixteenth century they began to navigate these seas; and in June 1600 visited Achin with two ships, but had no cause to boast of the hospitality of their reception. An attempt was made to cut them off, and evidently by the orders or connivance of the king, who had prevailed upon the Dutch admiral to take on board troops and military stores for an expedition meditated, or pretended, against the city of Johor, which these ships were to bombard. Several of the crews were murdered, but after a desperate conflict in both ships the treacherous assailants were overcome and driven into the water, “and it was some pleasure (says John Davis, an Englishman, who was the principal pilot of the squadron) to see how the base Indians did fly, how they were killed, and how well they were drowned.”* This barbarous and apparently unprovoked attack was attributed, but perhaps without any just grounds, to the instigation of the Portuguese.

(*Footnote. All the Dutchmen on shore at the time were made prisoners, and many of them continued in that state for several years. Among these was Captain Frederick Houtman, whose Vocabulary of the Malayan language was printed at Amsterdam in 1604, being the first that was published in Europe. My copy has the writer’s autograph.)

In 1601

a Dutch fleet drove the Portuguese from Banten,


In 1602,

therefore, they formed the United Dutch East India Company (known by its Dutch initials-VOC), one of the first joint-stock corporations in history. It was capitalized at more than 6 million guilders and empowered by the states-general to negotioate treaties, raise armies, build fortresses and wage war on behalf of the Netherlands in Asia.


Unlike the Estado da India, the Dutch East India Company (VOC, Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) was a joint stock company, formed in 1602 by merging several smaller companies founded in the 1590s to trade with the Indies.

The joint stock company was a relatively new commercial form which became one of the most important vehicles for the development of modern capitalism. Its essence was that investors purchased shares in a joint operation which they themselves did not necessarily operate.

In this way it became possible not only to produce a very large operating capital at short notice but to separate the functions of providing capital and managing the operation.


in 1605

the Dutch seized the Portuguese forts in Maluku.

Solor fell to the Dutch in 1613,

For the remainder of the 16th century,

Aceh, Johor and the Portuguese fought a three-way contest for dominance in the strait.

The Portuguese never extended their territorial control beyond Melaka, but their fleets were a potent force along the coasts. Johor exercised a broad hegemony over the peninsula and over the opposite shore of Sumatra, but raids from Aceh made its tenure uncertain.


According to primary historical sources from the 16th century,

this kingdom is a kingdom covering an area which is now the province of Banten, Jakarta, West Java Province, and the western part of Central Java Province.

Based on the primary codex


Bujangga Manik (narrating the journey Bujangga Manik)

, a Hindu priest who visited the Sunda sacred places of Hinduism in Java and Bali in the early 16th century), which is currently stored at Boedlian Library, Oxford University, England since 1627),


limits the Kingdom of Sunda on the east is Ci pamali ( “pamali River”, now known as Kali Brebes) and Ci Serayu (which is now called Kali Serayu) in Central Java province.

16th century

the Muslim emerging forces finally defeated the remnant of Majapahit kingdom in the early 16th century.[23]

Demak under the leadership of Raden (later crowned as Sultan) Patah (Arabic name: Fatah)

was acknowledge as the legitimate successor of Majapahit.

According to Babad Tanah Jawi and Demak tradition,

the source of Patah’s legitimacy because, their first sultan,

Raden Patah is the son of Majapahit king Brawijaya V with a Chinese concubine.

Another argument supporting Demak as the successor of Majapahit; the rising Demak sultanate was easily to be accepted as the nominal regional ruler, as Demak was the former Majapahit vassal and located near the former Majapahit realm in Eastern Java.

Demak established itself as the regional power and the first Islamic sultanate in Java.

After the fall of Majapahit, the Hindu kingdoms in Java only remained in Blambangan on eastern edge


Pajajaran in western part.

Gradually Hindu communities began to retreat to mountain ranges in East Java and also to neighboring island of Bali.

A small enclave of Hindu communities still remain in Tengger mountain range


the first British contack with what is indonesia date back to 1601 when Quen Elisabeth I sent an emissary to the sultan of Acheen (Aceh). correspondence from those early contacts is still exant in the british  library in london. World demand for spices had led the european powers to establish route to the indies, the island the today form the indonesia archipelago. Trading post and garrisons were won and lost in the European power struggle, but it was the dutch who came dominate the lucrative trade in spices.


The founding of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) on 20 March 1602 marked the worldwide start of share trading. The VOC was the first company to give private citizens the opportunity to participate in its capital, and the documents recording their participation are thought to be the oldest shares in the world. The Amsterdam stock exchange owns one of the few remaining copies of this very rare document, which is seldom seen by the public. This VOC share will also be on display during Visitor’s Day.


In 1602,


the English East India Company’s first voyage, commanded by Sir James Lancaster, arrived in Aceh, region of Indonesia, located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra.  and sailed on to Bantam, where he was allowed to build trading post which becomes the centre of English trade in Indonesia until 1682. In this case, the Prince took the Dutch, arrival seriously as the Dutch had constructed many military. A military is an organization authorized by its greater society to use lethal force, usually including use of weapons, in defending its country by combating actual or perceived threats…

1615 Prince Jayawikarta apparently also had a connection with the English and allowed them to build houses directly across from the Dutch buildings in 1615. When relations between Prince Jayawikarta and the Dutch later deteriorated, his soldiers attacked the Dutch fortress which covered two main buildings, Nassau and Mauritus. But even with the help of 15 ships from the English, Prince Jayawikarta’s army wasn’t able to defeat the Dutch, for Jan Pieterszoon Coen

Jan Pieterszoon Coen


Jan Pieterszoon Coen was a officer of the Dutch East India Company in the early seventeenth century, holding two terms as its Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies….

(J.P. Coen) came to Jayakarta just in time, drove away the English ships and burned the English trading post.


Things then changed for the Prince, when the Sultan of Banten sent his soldiers and summoned Prince Jayawikarta to establish a close relationship with the English without an approval of the Banten authorities. The relationships between both Prince Jayawikarta and the English with the Banten government then became worse and resulted in the Prince’s decision to move to Tanara, a small place in Banten, until his death. This assisted the Dutch in their efforts to establish a closer relationship with Banten. The Dutch had by then changed the name to “Batavia“, which remained until 1942.


In 1602 the Dutch set up the Dutch East Indies Company, Vereenigde Oostindie Compagnie in Dutch or VOC. In the Moluccas, the Dutch took a first Portuguese fort in 1605.


Maluku people’s resistance against the Portuguese, the Dutch used to set foot in the Moluccas. In 1605, the Dutch managed to force the Portuguese to give up its defenses in Ambon to Steven van der Hagen and the Tidore to Sebastiansz Cornelisz. Similarly, the British fort at Kambelo, Seram Island, destroyed by the Dutch. Since then the Dutch managed to control large parts of Maluku.
The position of the Dutch in the Moluccas strengthened with the establishment of the VOC in 1602, and since then the Dutch became the sole ruler in the Moluccas. Under the leadership of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, Chief Operating VOC, clove trade in the Moluccas sepunuh under the control of VOC for nearly 350 years. For this purpose the VOC did not hesitate to drive out competitors, Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Even tens of thousands of people become victims of brutality VOC Maluku.

Jan Pieterszoon Coen


Jan Pieterszoon Coen was a officer of the Dutch East India Company in the early seventeenth century, holding two terms as its Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies….

was appointed the VOC governor general for the Moluccas. He too wanted to set up an establishment in Java. He took Jayakarta in 1619. On the ruins of the Javanese town, he founded Batavia, which he named after the ancestors of the Dutch people, the Germanic tribe of the Batavians


The Batavi were an ancient Germanic tribe, originally part of the Chatti, reported by Tacitus to have lived around the Rhine delta, in the area that is currently the Netherlands, “an uninhabited district on the extremity of the coast of Gaul, and also of a neighbouring island, surrounded by the…


Early history of Christianity in Indonesia is not the same as the dawn of the Protestant Church. In 1605 the Christian religion is no longer a stranger in the archipelago.

Mung * kin once the Christian merchants from Arab khalifa or from South India to set foot in Indonesia starting from the 7th century or the 8th AD In 1323-1324 a member of the Franciscan Order, Oderico de Pordenone, visiting Borneo, the palace of Majapahit, and Sumatra. Twenty years later a messenger from the Pope met with a number of Christians in Sumatra [SGA I, 34v]. However, in this era of Christianity has not been rooted in the Earth Indonesia. Congregations that there may not leave scars, and in any case consists only of migrants.


Conversely, the expansion of Christianity that took place in the 16th century laid the foundation of the church that stands today. Around the year 1500 entered the Roman Catholic mission coincided with the soldiers and Portuguese and Spanish traders. In those days people of Spain and Portugal had just managed to repel the Arab rulers of Europe, but the Islamic kingdoms in North Africa remains a security threat to Southern Europe. At that time the Turks launched a great attack in the name of Islam in Southeast Europe.

They conquered Christian countries in the Balkan peninsula and in 1529 invaded the country instead of Germany.


Europeans feel besieged, and attempting to make a counter-attack by moving the circular. That way they hope to also get direct access to areas of origin of luxury goods as long as it reached Europe through the mediator in the East Indies and Egypt or Turkey.


Then they explore the ocean to find a way to “the Indies”, which is located behind the Turkish camp.For them, the Indian was a fairy tale, the source of unimaginable wealth. As he sailed westward, the Spaniards discovered America, which at first they thought were “the Indies” (so-called natives “Indians”). A few years later, the Portuguese managed to reach the “Indies” the truth, namely the Indian Ocean region, and immediately began a military and economic war against the Muslims there, who they view as a ally of the Turks.


They are not strong enough to colonize a large area, but only seize or establish a series of fortress along the trade route that stretched from India to Indonesia and China Eastern. Main strongholds is Goa (west coast of India), Malacca (Malaysia area now), Ternate and Solor (off the coast of Flores), as well as the Macao (China offshore). From their base in America, the Spaniards colonize and Christianize the North and Central Philippine region. At a later date, their influence extends to the islands of Sangihe and North Maluku.


It is clear that the activities of Europeans in Indonesia, particularly the Portuguese, religious motives, military motifs, and motifs interwoven trade. So fortresses they have dual functions. In it there is a military barracks, warehouses for merchandise, and a church building.


The priests serving the soldiers and merchants in the fort. Sometimes they also came out to bring Christianity to the natives who live around the fort. But in general spread of the gospel does not become their primary goal. Said one high official of the Portuguese era: “They come with a crucifix in one hand and a sword in the other.


But when they found wealth, they immediately rule out the cross and fill their pockets “. The most active group mission is to perform the work of the clergy of the order, in particular members of the Society of Jesus (SJ) who worked in Asia since the 1540s. Beside them, the Order of Franciscans and Dominicans also need to be called.


Laying the Basic Christian Church


Here we only give an outline of the history of Catholic missions in the 16th century and the 17th. Who want to know the ropes can find in the work history of the Catholic Church in Indonesia, Volume I, and the Yeast Carita I. We will successively discuss the development of western Indonesian archipelago and in the East.


At the time the Portuguese arrived in the archipelago, the inhabitants of coastal areas of Sumatra and Java had converted to Islam.


After all, in terms of politics they are relatively compact, they have formed a powerful kingdom with a relatively large area, such as Aceh, Johor, Banten and Demak.


Therefore, the mission did not succeed to get a foothold there. Only in the city of Malacca, which in the 1511-1641 period is the main stronghold in the east of Portuguese Goa, there is a rather large Christian congregation, headed by a bishop. But this congregation is made up of immigrants from Europe and their descendants. Elsewhere in the western part of the archipelago there is never a stable congregation.



On February 14, 1606, an expedition led by Koopman Gillis Michaelszoon Dutch first arrived in Banjarmasin, because of bad temperament captain was killed in a riot. [16]

Aji Mas Anom Paser Indra became the ruler until the year 1644.
 1607: June 7, 1607 expedition led by Koopman VOC Michaelszoon Gillis arrived in Banjarmasin, all the crew were killed in retaliation for the seizure of Banjar junks in Banten in 1596. [17]




On October 1, VOC conduct cooperation pact with the Prince Duke of Sambas. [18]

Aji violated Kutai VII became King until the year 1635.

the first Dutch governor-general, 1609–1614,


King maimed became ruler based in Pekana porcupine, Authorship.

In May 1612, fire destroyed the Dutch Company Banjar Banjar Old Empire’s capital, so capital was moved to Martapura. British trade partnership, chaired by Sir Henry Middleton coming to Brunei.

Pada tahun 1612

di pesisir  Timur  Sumatera bagian utara beridir kerajaan Aru(haru).Telah berdiri kerajaan dihulu sungai petani  dan sungai lalang  yang merupakan cikal bakal kesultanan deli.Menurut Hikayat deli Putra Raja India yang bernama Hisyamudin atau Muhamad Dalhik,seorang turunan dari Zulkarnaen Syehk Batraludin Khan dari negeri Sindhi Hindustan India. Ia merantau kearah Nusnatara Ini dan kapalnya tengelam didekat Kuala Pasai  sehuingga terdampar di Pasai, ketika itu ada kenduri besar di Negeri Pasai karena Raja baru saja mangkat, Sewaktu beliau diberi makanan diatas daun pisang  beliau tidak memakannya.Seketika itu tahulah masyarakat bahwa beliau bukan turunan rakyat biasa.Beliau tidak lama menetap di Negeri Pasai.Muhamad Dahlik meneruskan perjalannya ke kota raja(Bandar Aceh sekarang) dengan memakai nama samaran Labai Hitam.

Di Pasai ini Dalhik sempat menikah dengan putri Sultan Samudra Aceh ,  Chandra Dewi ,Pada masa itu dipimpin oleh Raja Iskandar Muda dan beliau menghadapi kesulitan menghadapi perusuh bangsa RUM(turki) yang membuat kekacauan di Pasai.Dengan keahliannya dalam bela diri,Dalhik dapat membunuh satu perusuh tersebut dan menaklukkan gajah yang bernama Ganda Suli ,melihat kehebatannya Muhamad Dalhik diberi gelar Panglima Gocah Pahlawan(Gocah mungkin berasal dari kata Khuja atau Koja)

Pada Abad ke 15 berdiri kerajaan  Haru atau Aru  yang dapat dibaca dalam laporan Fei Sin (1436).Aru terletak didepan pulau Sembilan dengan angin yang baik dapat smapai kesitu dari Malaka dalam waktu 3 hari 3 malam ,hasil negeri itu hanya kopra dan pisang ,hasil ini ditukar dengan kapal asing dengansutra,  manik-manik dan keramik.JUga menurut catatan  buku Al Muhil  seorang Laksmana Turki  Sidi Ali Celebi(1554) adanya kerjaan Aru dengan kota Medina(medan sekarang) sebagai Bandar besar setelah meliwati Pulau  Berhala.

Menurut Laporan seorang portugis,Tome Pirres ,Aru adalah kerajaan yang terbesar di Sumatra ,rakyatnya banyak tetapi tidak kaya karena perdaganan.Aru mempunyai kapal yang sangat kencang dan kuat daya penghancurnya >Raja Aru beragama Idslam dan hidup diperdalaman ,negeri ini memiliki banyak sungai dan berawa-rawa  sehingga sulit dimasuki. Aru bnayak menghasil padi,daging,buah-buahan  dan arak juga kapur barus berkualitas tinggi,rotan,lilin ,emas,madu,benzoin dan budak-budak.

Aru mempunyai pasar budak yang dinamkan Arqat, (Rantau Prapat sekarang) ,Aru mendapat barang dagangannya dari Pasai ,pedir,Fansur dan minangkabau .

Wilayah kerajaan aru  pesisir Sumatra timur yaitu dampai  batas  Tamiang dan Rokan ,pada tahun 1612 Kerajaan Aru dapat ditak;lukan oleh kerajaan Samudar Pasai dibawah pimpinan Panglima Gocah Pahlawan, yang akhirnya diangkat oleh Raja iskandar Muda sebagai perwakilan Aceh di Sumatera Timur.yang berkeudukan di sungai lalang( Deli Tua).


in 1612, in Tolucco (Fort Hollandia). The main Dutch base of the  Moluccas remained however the fort of Malayo. In a few years, practically the greater part of the island of Ternate had been lost to the Spanish control.


Great aid in this reached to the Dutch from their natural allies the Ternatens. In the same years in which these forts in Ternate were built, the Dutch control extended also to the other islands of the archipelago. Starting from 1608 also all the island of Makian was occupied by the Dutch who constructed to three fortresses long the coasts of the island. Makian was the richer island in absolute than nail of ambita garofano and that more from the Dutch who aimed to control the commerce of the spices. Another fortress, Fort Nassau, was built in 1609 in the island of Moti (Motir), island situated between Tidore and Maquiem (Machian), also this island was rich of cloves. In 1609, also the Spanish fort of Bachan was captured by the Dutch commandants vice admiral Simon Jansz Hoen. Practically after 1606, and between 1607 and 1610, the Dutch with theirs ally succeeded to force the Spanish on the defensive and took the control of great part of the islands. Under the Spanish control only remained the southern side of the island of Ternate (where was the main town of “Nuestra Seńora del Rosario”), the entire island of Tidore and some ports in the islands of Halmahera and Morotai.

The Spanish garrisons had their headquarters in the islands of Ternate and Tidore where it’s often difficult to understand by the documents where were situated  the spanish “presidios”, the some “presidio” was sometimes called with different names causing not little difficulties to understand where and which was.

In addition to a multitude of fortified places in Ternate and Tidore, the Spaniards maintained sometimes for a few years some garrisons also in the peripheral islands of Halmahera, Morotai and Sulawesi, these places were important  for the maintenance of the garrisons, because those islands were sources of sago and other indispensable food for

the maintenance of the garrisons and of the population of the islands of Ternate and Tidore, islands where because of the conformation of the land and the continuous state of war in which they were did not allow the cultivation of such products.

Often the spanish garrisons depended for the refueling of food, dressed and ammunitions nearly exclusively from the so-called fleet of “soccorro” that  was sendt every year from the Philippines.

When one of these fleets lacked to the appointment or because it was captured from the Dutch or because the bad weather who provoked frequent shipwrecks, were times of great lack for the Spanish soldiers of the garrisons and for the population of the Spanish city of Ternate. In spite of these deprivations and of the high human and material cost, the Spaniards maintained their own garrisons in Ternate, Tidore and in other islands, until 1663, year in which on order of the governor of the Philippines Manrique de Lara was decided the dismantling and the abandonment of all the garrisons of the Moluccas.



Amiril Pengiran Lion King Tidung Laoet served until 1650.

Banda under Dutch rule


Lahir : Yogyakarta, 1591
Wafat : Yogyakarta, 1645

Spoiler for Biografi Singkat

SULTAN AGUNG HANYOKROKUSUMO diangkat sebagai Raja Mataram menggantikan ayahnya, Raden Mas Jolang pada tahun 1613.

Di bawah pemerintahan Sultan Agung, Mataram mencapai puncak kejayaannya sebagai kerajaan terbesar di Pulau Jawa saat itu. Sultan Agung adalah raja yang tidak pernah mau berkompromi dengan VOC. Ia bahkan pernah dua kali menyerang kedudukan VOC di Batavia.


Prince Dipati Anta-founded the Duchy Kotawaringin Kasuma, fractional area of ​​the Sultanate of Banjar most western border with the Kingdom of Tanjungpura.



Jan Pieterszoon Coen and the Birth of Batavia



But then, in 1618, the Seventeen Gentlemen appointed as their representative in the East the first man of real consequence.

He was 31 years old and his Coen: Founding Fathername was Jan Pieterszoon Coen.

Founding Father

Coen was a stern man with angry eyes and flying moustaches.  He was born in the windy little fishing town of Hoorn on the Dutch coast and brought up in


Coen: Founding Father

the strictest of Calvinist traditions.  He went out to Indonesia early and rose quickly to the top of the VOC ranks by way of the posts of chief merchant and bookkeeper-general.  He had been on the scene in 1607 when dozens of Dutch traders were killed in an uprising by the much abused inhabitants of the Banda Islands, and had harboured a deep dislike of the natives ever since. And he was no friend to Holland’s English rivals either.  Even before he was appointed governor-general he was in the habit of sending outrageously belligerent letters back to the Seventeen Gentlemen sneering at their soft-touch policies and demanding more aggression towards the competitors.

Quite what manner of person Coen was depends entirely on your perspective.  From a financial point of view he was the hothead who – with his doctrine of ‘no trade without war, no war without trade’ – overstepped the mark and kick-started the slow but ceaseless descent of the VOC into bankruptcy.  For later patriotic Hollanders he was the man who launched an empire – and for their nationalistic Indonesian counterparts he was the first of the rapacious colonialist exploiters.  For urban historians he was the founder of the city that would eventually become the monumental metropolis that is modern Jakarta.  And for 17th century English traders he was little short of demonic, a ruthless rival who clattered over the decks on cloven hooves and presided over the worst Dutch perfidy in the history of the spice trade.  One thing is certain, however: if Cornelis de Houtman, staggering scurvy-ridden up the Banten beach in 1596 marks the symbolic arrival of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia, then Jan Pieterszoon Coen, 24 years later, represents its real beginnings.

The Port of Coconuts

On 30 December 1618 the tall masts of 14 British ships hove into view off the mouth a muddy river called the Ciliwung on the north coast of Java, 50 miles east of Banten.  The dark, bruise-coloured columns of monsoon rainstorms marched across the horizon and a wet smell of mud and rotten foliage wafted offshore on the land breeze.  In a more conducive season almost two centuries later another British fleet – the one carrying Thomas Stamford Raffles – would appear over that same horizon, but the commander of this flotilla was an admiral named Thomas Dale.

On the banks of the river stood a small township ruled over by a minor Javanese prince.  This little estuarine settlement had originally been called Sunda Kelapa – a name which referred to the local abundance of coconuts – but in 1527 it had fallen to a king of the nearby court of Cirebon.  It had been bands of paid-up mercenaries who had done the actual capturing, and given that the coconut-strewn spot was little more than an overgrown village the conquest can hardly have been one of high drama.  However, the Cirebon palace was obviously a place awash with hyperbole: they renamed their new possession Jayakarta, meaning ‘Glorious Victory’.  Later the territory went over to the Banten sultan, and by 1618 it was the seat of that petty vassal prince who was in his way a small embodiment of Javanese culture – a Muslim with a half-Sanskrit name: Wijayakrama.


Place of Coconuts: early Batavia

Since 1611 the VOC had had a small outpost on the banks of the Ciliwung opposite Jayakarta’s meagre little palace.  The English too had their own fortified warehouse beside the township, and although it was hardly a place to excite the fantasies of urban planners, the newly appointed Dutch Governor-General, Jan Pieterszoon Coen, had taken a shine to Jayakarta as spot suitable for a future Dutch capital in the Indies.  The current headquarters at Ambon, despite being in the thick of the spiceries, was too far from other key staging posts.  The long established Banten, meanwhile, was still bristling with rival trading factions – English, Portuguese and Chinese – and a base there was always dependent on the goodwill of the then sultan, Abdulmafakir.  Coen had decided that Jayakarta, with its sheltered location and accessible river channel, would make a nice alternative.

Even so, Jayakarta – or Jaccatra, as both Dutch and Englishmen miss-transliterated it at the time – was hardly a place of major consequence.  But with the arrival of Dale’s English fleet in the bay, at the head of which Coen’s own eight ships were already anchored, it was about to become the setting for an absurd four-way conflict.

The romantically named Prince Wijayakrama of Jayakarta had apparently been troubling the Banten court, behaving in a fashion not befitting a deferent vassal.  What was more, Sultan Abdulmafakir was none too sure about the advisability of allowing a major Dutch outpost to develop on the fringes of his realm.  Turning to the time-honoured tradition of getting someone else to do your dirty work he had encouraged the British naval fleet then harboured in Banten to sail down the coast, unseat Wijayakrama and evict their Dutch rivals.  Relations between the English and the Dutch were far from friendly at the time.  Coen was making great efforts to obliterate England’s last remaining Spice Islands outpost on the minuscule Banda islet of Run, and had every intention of banishing them from Indonesia altogether.

Admiral Dale found that his own motivations intersected very neatly with those of the Sultan.  He headed for Jayakarta.

Glorious Victory?

In the event the siege of Jayakarta was scarcely more fitting of its glorious epithet than the minor Cirebon conquest nine decades earlier.  The fleets of Coen and Dale danced delicately around each other for 24 hours, before the outnumbered Dutch departed abruptly for Ambon in search of reinforcements.  Dale then came ashore and somehow managed to team up with Prince Wijayakrama to besiege the remaining Hollanders.

The VOC’s Jayakarta outpost was miniscule, and with Coen’s fleet fled it was defended mostly by shopkeepers.  After a wet, muddy and malarial month during which very little action took place they were quite ready to surrender.  However, at this point a new army appeared, marching along sodden coastal roads from the west.  Back in Banten Sultan Abdulmafakir had evidently realised that the upshot of the shenanigans in Jayakarta was likely to be either an entrenched Prince Wijayakrama, or a minor Dutch fort replaced with a much larger British one.  He had sent his own men to settle the score.  Both Dale and Wijayakrama reacted in an understandable if not entirely honourable fashion – the English took to their boats and bolted, while the Javanese gathered their grumbling courtesans and fled to the mountains.  And the Dutch remained more or less besieged.

For the next three months very little happened.  The Dutch eked out their days in the little fort getting drunk, praying fervently to a Calvinist Christ, and dying of malaria.  The highlight of the episode came on 12 March 1619, when some unnamed soldier, inspired either by religious mania, inebriation or malarial delirium, came up with the idea of renaming their miserable outpost after a much-mythologized Germanic tribe who had stomped around the marshy flatlands of the Rhine Delta two thousand years earlier.

When Jan Pieterszoon Coen returned in May with a fully armed fleet all fired up for a great victory of their own, he found that the British had gone, the Bantenese had largely lost interest, and that Jayakarta was now called Batavia.

He needed only to come ashore, burn the palace, the mosque and any other Javanese building in sight, and the Dutch would be in possession of both a location and a name for their grand Indonesian capital.




The English ships that remained in the Archipelago seemed destined to fall to the Dutch, who captured two of them in July, 1619,

Admiral Dale, stricken with fever, and fearful lest the Bantamese might sacrifice the English to make terms with the Dutch, had shipped off our goods and factors from Bantam in the summer of 1619, sought an asylum for them on the east coast of India, and there died. The English ships that remained in the Archipelago seemed destined to fall to the Dutch, who captured two of them in July, 1619,and four others off Sumatra in October 1619 . Our alliance with the Prince of Bantam, to capture the half-built Dutch fort at Jacatra (Batavia) in the beginning of that year, furnished Coen with a cause of war against us, and placed him in the right from the point of view of European diplomacy.

The arrival, early in 1620,

of the treaty of July, 1619,  snatched the prey from between his hands. “The English ought to be very thankful to you,” he wrote to the Dutch directors in Holland, “for they had worked themselves very nicely out of the Indies, and you have placed them again in the midst.”

If, however, he had to obey the treaty, he could use it for his own ends


The English would have liked. to resettle at Bantam, but Coen resolved not only to destroy the trade of that port but to force the English to live under his own eye at Batavia. After some negotiation the joint Council of Defence, established in Java by the treaty, agreed to blockade Bantam in 1620,and

In Batavia Coen made our position so miserable that in July, 1620, we had to keep a ship there as a floating warehouse, “having no place on shore.” In 1621 the English almost gave up Java in despair, and part of them again sought a refuge on the Indian coast. In August, 1622, Thomas Drockedon, our agent at Batavia, asked leave from the directors in London to return home, as he could “live no longer under the insolence of the Dutch.”

His situation was a mournful one. So far from restitution having been made to us under the treaty of 1619, we were compelled to supply “incredible sums” for fortifications which the Dutch did or did not build, but which could only be a menace to ourselves. We had been dragged into a war with Bantam, from which we could derive no benefit, and which shut us out from the chief pepper mart. The civil and criminal jurisdiction was exercised by the Dutch to publicly insult us. We were placed on a level with “the blacks,” whose bare affirmation was taken against us. We might not “kill a wild hog or gather a cocoanut in the wood without leave.” The Dutch had flogged William Clarke, steward of the English factory, in the market-place, “cruelly cutting his flesh, and then washed him with salt and vinegar, and laid him again in irons.” The English watch had been imprisoned for eight days and threatened with torture, to force them to make false confessions against the president of our council. What seemed to the Dutch their lawful jurisdiction, the English regarded as oppression

The arrival, early in 1620,

of the treaty of July, 1619,  snatched the prey from between his hands. “The English ought to be very thankful to you,” he wrote to the Dutch directors in Holland, “for they had worked themselves very nicely out of the Indies, and you have placed them again in the midst.”

If, however, he had to obey the treaty, he could use it for his own ends.


The English would have liked. to resettle at Bantam, but Coen resolved not only to destroy the trade of that port but to force the English to live under his own eye at Batavia. After some negotiation the joint Council of Defence, established in Java by the treaty, agreed to blockade Bantam in 1620, and thus accomplished both his objects. For, although the English soon withdrew, they had compromised themselves with the Bantam prince, and the Dutch fleet was strong enough to continue the blockade without them.


Court of Directors, East India House

In Batavia Coen made our position so miserable that in July, 1620, we had to keep a ship there as a floating warehouse, “having no place on shore.” In 1621 the English almost gave up Java in despair, and part of them again sought a refuge on the Indian coast. In August, 1622, Thomas Drockedon, our agent at Batavia, asked leave from the directors in London to


return home, as he could “live no longer under the insolence of the Dutch.”

His situation was a mournful one. So far from restitution having been made to us under the treaty of 1619, we were compelled to supply “incredible sums” for fortifications which the Dutch did or did not build, but which could only be a menace to ourselves. We had been dragged into a war with Bantam, from which we could derive no benefit, and which shut us out from the chief pepper mart.

The civil and criminal jurisdiction was exercised by the Dutch to publicly insult us. We were placed on a level with “the blacks,” whose bare affirmation was taken against us. We might not “kill a wild hog or gather a cocoanut in the wood without leave.” The Dutch had flogged William Clarke, steward of the English factory, in the market-place, “cruelly cutting his flesh, and then washed him with salt and vinegar, and laid him again in irons.”

The English watch had been imprisoned for eight days and threatened with torture, to force them to make false confessions against the president of our council. What seemed to the Dutch their lawful jurisdiction, the English regarded as oppression.


Sultanate of Mataram send Tumenggung Bahurekso, Regent of Kendal Sukadana attack under control Bunku Princess / Queen Mas Jaintan (Mustika Giri’s mother), this attack will attack worrying Banjar Sultanate of Mataram. Giri mustaka (Raden Saradewa) son-king Prince Dipati Kotawaringin Kasuma Anta-crowned king-Matan Sukadana Syafiuddin title of Sultan Muhammad (1622-1659). He was the first king of the title of Sultan, the previous king Panembahan Sukadana title only.


For another alleged plot twelve natives had been condemned to be quartered, and the rest of the accused to perpetual slavery in chains. The torture failed to elicit anything against the English; but if it could have given the Dutch “any advantage against us,” we should have had no mercy. “Wherefore,” wrote in 1622 our President Furgand and council at Batavia,

“we earnestly desire speedily to be released from this bondage.” A similar attempt was made in the island of Pularoon to extort confessions against the English by cruel torments of the natives. Thus was rehearsed alike in the capital of Dutch India and in the distant Nutmeg Isles, that tragedy of torture which was so soon to be enacted at Amboyna. In the still remoter seas, as we learn from a letter of Richard Cocks, dated Nagasaki, 10th March, 1620, the Hollanders, with seven ships at Japan, had, “with sound of trumpet,” “proclaimed there open war against the English, as their mortal enemies.”

The Clove and Nutmeg Isles, including among them Amboyna, Banda, and Pularoon, lay, it will be remembered, at the south-eastern end of the Spice Archipelago. The Dutch claimed the sovereignty over them, by the conquest of Amboyna from the Portuguese in 1605, and in virtue of many treaties. The English had a set of counter-claims based on the free surrender of Pularoon to us in 1616, of Lantor or Great Banda in 1620, and on compacts with other chiefs. We had also an agency at Amboyna under the Dutch-English treaty of 1619. The Dutch with an overwhelming force expelled us from Lantor and Pularoon in 1621–1622. Our gallant agent, Nathaniel Courthorpe, who, in “much want and misery,” held Pularoon from 1616 to 1620, sometimes with but thirty-eight men to resist the “force and tyranny” of the Hollanders, had been mortally wounded in a sea-fight, and threw himself overboard rather than see his ship strike her flag.

Herman van Speult, governor of the neighbouring island of Amboyna, was regarded at headquarters as “too scrupulous” in his fiscal administration. In January, 1623, the Governor-General Coen, when departing for Europe, enjoined strict justice, and mentioned Amboyna as a place where no English encroachments were to be allowed. “Trust them not,” he said,

any more than open enemies … not weighing too scrupulously what may fall out.” His farewell instructions merely reiterated the principles on which he had always insisted. “Trust the English no more than a public enemy ought to be trusted,” he wrote two months previously to Banda, the agency nearest Amboyna. This policy of suspicion, and of “not weighing too scrupulously what may fall out,” was now to be enforced with a stupid violence which the great governor-general might perhaps have anticipated, but which he would have been the first to condemn.

By the beginning of 1623 the Dutch found themselves completely masters of the Clove and Nutmeg Archipelago. At the principal clove island, Amboyna, they had, according to the English statement founded upon depositions on oath, a fortress garrisoned by two hundred Dutch soldiers, with three or four hundred native troops, including some thirty Japanese, and further protected by eight vessels in the roadstead. The English numbered eighteen men, scattered between five small factories on different islands, very badly off, with a few slaves, “just six and all boys.” In their house at Amboyna only three swords, two muskets,

and half a pound of powder were found. The nearest English support was the Banda agency, at a distance across the sea, and containing but nine of their countrymen. English ships seldom came to Amboyna, and not one was then near. Our president in council at Java had in fact resolved to withdraw the petty English factories at Amboyna and throughout the Clove and Nutmeg


The fortress at Amboyna

Archipelago. He had even arranged with the Dutch governor-general for their transport to Batavia in Holland ships. In February, 1623, orders to this effect were on their way from our president in Batavia to Amboyna.

They arrived too. late. On the evening of February 10, 1623, a Japanese soldier of the Dutch garrison had some talk with the sentries about the number of the troops and the times of changing the watch. When questioned by the Governor Van Speult next day, February 11th, he explained that he had merely chatted with the soldiers “for his own amusement.” Indeed,

the steward of the Dutch factory afterwards declared that “it was an usual speech amongst soldiers to enquire one of another how strong the watch might be, that they might know how many hours they might stand sentinel.”

Van Speult was, however, on the lookout for conspiracy, and perhaps anxious to redeem his reputation from the charge of slackness at headquarters. In the previous summer he had written to the Governor-General Coen about the English at Amboyna: “We hope to direct things according to your orders that our sovereignty shall not be diminished or injured in any way by their encroachments, and if we may hear of any conspiracies of theirs against the sovereignty, we shall with your sanction do justice to them, suitably, unhesitatingly, and immediately.” In October, 1622, Coen gave this sanction.

In February, 1623,

the opportunity arrived. Van Speult put the Japanese soldier to the torture, and after he had “endured pretty long,” wrung from him an accusation against the English. His statement was signed by the unhappy man on the day of his torment, in direct contravention of the Dutch law that one who had confessed under torture should be re-heard to confirm it not sooner than twenty-four hours afterwards, “ne durare adhuc tormentorum metus videatur.”

Eight or nine other Japanese soldiers in the service of the Dutch, whose names he had mentioned, denied the plot, but were tortured on that and the following day, until a complete story of treason was evolved.

“Wailing and weeping by reason of their extreme tortures with burning, they were carried by slaves to prison, for it was not possible of themselves to go on their feet.” Such was the statement made by the steward of the Dutch factory regarding the affair


Decoration from an Indian sword


The End of the Struggle:

The Tragedy of Amboyna


For another alleged plot twelve natives had been condemned to be quartered, and the rest of the accused to perpetual slavery in chains. The torture failed to elicit anything against the English; but if it could have given the Dutch “any advantage against us,” we should have had no mercy. “Wherefore,” wrote in 1622 our President Furgand and council at Batavia,

“we earnestly desire speedily to be released from this bondage.” A similar attempt was made in the island of Pularoon to extort confessions against the English by cruel torments of the natives. Thus was rehearsed alike in the capital of Dutch India and in the distant Nutmeg Isles, that tragedy of torture which was so soon to be enacted at Amboyna. In the still remoter seas, as we learn from a letter of Richard Cocks, dated Nagasaki, 10th March, 1620, the Hollanders, with seven ships at Japan, had, “with sound of trumpet,” “proclaimed there open war against the English, as their mortal enemies.”

The Clove and Nutmeg Isles, including among them Amboyna, Banda, and Pularoon, lay, it will be remembered, at the south-eastern end of the Spice Archipelago. The Dutch claimed the sovereignty over them, by the conquest of Amboyna from the Portuguese in 1605, and in virtue of many treaties. The English had a set of counter-claims based on the free surrender of Pularoon to us in 1616, of Lantor or Great Banda in 1620, and on compacts with other chiefs. We had also an agency at Amboyna under the Dutch-English treaty of 1619. The Dutch with an overwhelming force expelled us from Lantor and Pularoon in 1621–1622. Our gallant agent, Nathaniel Courthorpe, who, in “much want and misery,” held Pularoon from 1616 to 1620, sometimes with but thirty-eight men to resist the “force and tyranny” of the Hollanders, had been mortally wounded in a sea-fight, and threw himself overboard rather than see his ship strike her flag.


Herman van Speult, governor of the neighbouring island of Amboyna, was regarded at headquarters as “too scrupulous” in his fiscal administration. In January, 1623, the Governor-General Coen, when departing for Europe, enjoined strict justice, and mentioned Amboyna as a place where no English encroachments were to be allowed. “Trust them not,” he said,

any more than open enemies … not weighing too scrupulously what may fall out.” His farewell instructions merely reiterated the principles on which he had always insisted. “Trust the English no more than a public enemy ought to be trusted,” he wrote two months previously to Banda, the agency nearest Amboyna. This policy of suspicion, and of “not weighing too scrupulously what may fall out,” was now to be enforced with a stupid violence which the great governor-general might perhaps have anticipated, but which he would have been the first to condemn.

By the beginning of 1623 the Dutch found themselves completely masters of the Clove and Nutmeg Archipelago. At the principal clove island, Amboyna, they had, according to the English statement founded upon depositions on oath, a fortress garrisoned by two hundred Dutch soldiers, with three or four hundred native troops, including some thirty Japanese, and further protected by eight vessels in the roadstead. The English numbered eighteen men, scattered between five small factories on different islands, very badly off, with a few slaves, “just six and all boys.” In their house at Amboyna only three swords, two muskets,and half a pound of powder were found. The nearest English support was the Banda agency, at a distance across the sea, and containing but nine of their countrymen. English ships seldom came to Amboyna, and not one was then near. Our president in council at Java had in fact resolved to withdraw the petty English factories at Amboyna and throughout the Clove and Nutmeg


The fortress at Amboyna

Archipelago. He had even arranged with the Dutch governor-general for their transport to Batavia in Holland ships. In February, 1623, orders to this effect were on their way from our president in Batavia to Amboyna.

They arrived too. late. On the evening of February 10, 1623, a Japanese soldier of the Dutch garrison had some talk with the sentries about the number of the troops and the times of changing the watch. When questioned by the Governor Van Speult next day, February 11th, he explained that he had merely chatted with the soldiers “for his own amusement.” Indeed,

the steward of the Dutch factory afterwards declared that “it was an usual speech amongst soldiers to enquire one of another how strong the watch might be, that they might know how many hours they might stand sentinel.”

Van Speult was, however, on the lookout for conspiracy, and perhaps anxious to redeem his reputation from the charge of slackness at headquarters. In the previous summer he had written to the Governor-General Coen about the English at Amboyna: “We hope to direct things according to your orders that our sovereignty shall not be diminished or injured in any way by their encroachments, and if we may hear of any conspiracies of theirs against the sovereignty, we shall with your sanction do justice to them, suitably, unhesitatingly, and immediately.” In October, 1622, Coen gave this sanction. In February, 1623, the opportunity arrived. Van Speult put the Japanese soldier to the torture, and after he had “endured pretty long,” wrung from him an accusation against the English. His statement was signed by the unhappy man on the day of his torment, in direct contravention of the Dutch law that one who had confessed under torture should be re-heard to confirm it not sooner than twenty-four hours afterwards, “ne durare adhuc tormentorum metus videatur.”

Eight or nine other Japanese soldiers in the service of the Dutch, whose names he had mentioned, denied the plot, but were tortured on that and the following day, until a complete story of treason was evolved.

“Wailing and weeping by reason of their extreme tortures with burning, they were carried by slaves to prison, for it was not possible of themselves to go on their feet.” Such was the statement made by the steward of the Dutch factory regarding the affair.

The handful of English, ran the improbable tale, had solemnly sworn on New Year’s Day to seize the fort upon the arrival of an English ship, or during the absence of the Dutch governor, and had employed to corrupt the Japanese soldiers so unlikely an agent as a drunken barber, or barber-surgeon, Abel Price. This man already lay in the Dutch prison for threatening to set fire to a house in a frenzy of liquor. On February 15th, as the records show, he, too, was haled to the torture-chamber, and made to “confess whatever they asked him.”



Events were now hastening to a catastrophe. The Dutch governor-general, Coen, while resolved to make the Archipelago an island empire for Holland, was too sagacious to imperil his plans by putting his nation openly in the wrong toward a great European power. He trusted to the treaty of 1619 itself to afford causes of quarrel, which would enable him to carry out the instructions given to the first Dutch governor-general, 1609–1614, and steadily reiterated ever since, that “the commerce of the Moluccas, Amboyna, and Banda should belong to the Company, and that no other nation in the world should possess the least part.” But Coen’s far-reaching policy was beyond the grasp of his bluff ship-captains, with their flaming broadsides, or of the angry isolated Dutch agents, a thousand miles apart, with their forts and prison cells.

Coen himself believed that the treaty alone stood in the way of his triumph over the English. Our Admiral Dale, stricken with fever, and fearful lest the Bantamese might sacrifice the English to make terms with the Dutch, had shipped off our goods and factors from Bantam in the summer of 1619, sought an asylum for them on the east coast of India, and there died. The English ships that remained in the Archipelago seemed destined to fall to the Dutch, who captured two of them in July, 1619,and four others off Sumatra in October 1619 . Our alliance with the Prince of Bantam, to capture the half-built Dutch fort at Jacatra (Batavia) in the beginning of that year, furnished Coen with a cause of war against us, and placed him in the right from the point of view of European diplomacy.


A ship of the Seventeenth Century

The English treated as ridiculous the story that eighteen men, scattered over the two islands of Amboyna and Ceram, at the factories of Amboyna, Hittou, Larica, Loho, and Cambello, should dare conspire to take a fort from two hundred Dutch and three or four hundred native soldiers with eight Holland vessels in the harbour, and they went about their business as usual. But Van Speult, now armed with the confession under torture of his prisoner, the drunken English barber,

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seized our chief agent, Towerson, and the other factors at Amboyna, put them in irons, and swept in the whole English from the four outlying factories between February 15th and 23d – just eighteen men all told.

Of the extraordinary proceedings that followed we have six accounts by eye-witnesses. First, the minutes of the court, kept by the Greffier or secretary: minutes so irregular and incomplete as to call forth the censure of the Dutch governor-general, and to invalidate them as a judicial record under the Dutch law. Second, the solemn dying messages of the victims written on the pages of their prayer-books or other furtive scraps of paper. Third, the statements of certain members of the Dutch Council at Amboyna who formed the court, when called to account by the governor-general at Batavia two and a half years later (October, 1625). These latter admit the use of torture, passed over in silence by the minutes, but state that it was slight. Fourth, the depositions of six Englishmen who survived, taken on oath before Sir Henry Marten, Judge of the Admiralty, in 1624. Fifth, the answers of certain of the Amboyna judges to interrogatories in 1628. Sixth, the statement of the steward of the Dutch factory, who also acted as interpreter during the trial. It was laid before Lord Dorchester and Secretary Coke in 1629. This man, George Forbis or Forbisher, a native of Aberdeen, and little likely to favour the English Company which persuaded James to cancel the charter granted to the Scotch, had long served the Dutch in

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the East, and was found on board a Dutch ship stayed by royal command at Portsmouth in 1627. He had continued in the Dutch service for two years after the trial. His declaration closely corresponds with the depositions of the English survivors.

In my narrative I fairly consider all the foregoing materials, together with the pamphlet literature which quickly sprang up7. I have also checked the “True Relation” from the depositions on oath.

That evidence consisted entirely of confessions wrung from the accused by torture. The ransacking of the English factories yielded not a single incriminating letter, or other corroborative piece of testimony, as is proved by the answer of Joosten, the Dutch officer who examined the papers. The Dutch began with John Beaumont and Timothy Johnson. Beaumont, an elderly man for India and an invalid, was left with a guard in the hall, while Johnson was taken into another room. Presently Beaumont heard him “cry out very pitifully;

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then be quiet for a little while, and then loud again.” Johnson long refused to confess, but after an hour he was “brought forth wailing and lamenting, all wet and cruelly burnt in divers parts of his body.”

One Englishman, Edward Collins, gave evidence, according to the Dutch, without torture. But the narrative founded upon the depositions of the surviving Englishmen on oath states that Collins was tied up for the torture, and the cloth put about his throat. “Thus prepared he prayed to be respited and he would confess all. Being let down he again vowed and protested his innocency,” but for fear of the torture asked them what he should say. This was not enough and he was tortured, but not being able to endure it long, he made a confession helped out by the Dutch prosecutor. Collins himself confirmed this statement on oath and produced three witnesses who “heard him many times roar very pitifully, being in the next room, and saw

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him come out, having no doublet on, his shirt all wet, his face swollen and his eyes starting out of his head.” From February 15th to 23d the cruel process went on. According to the English statements, the prisoners, even while confessing under the torture, declared in the same breath that they were not speaking truth. In the case of Collins, the “fiscal,” or prosecutor, forced leading questions upon him, till one of the Dutch themselves exclaimed: “Do not tell him what he should say, but let him speak for himself.” John Wetheral having been four times tied up, they were at length obliged to read out to him the confessions of the other victims until the poor wretch merely “answered yea to all.” He “prayed them to tell him what he should say or to write down what they would; he would subscribe it.” John Clarke stood the ordeal so bravely that “the tormentors reviled him, saying that he was a devil … or a witch.” So they “cut off his hair very short, as supposing he had some witchcraft hidden therein.” They then went on with the torture – burning him with candles on the feet, hands, elbows, and “under the armpits until his inwards might evidently be seen.” The English declared that no surgeon was allowed to dress the sores “until, his flesh being putrefied, great maggots dropt and crept from him in most loathsome and noisome manner.” Authority for all these statements may be found in the first pamphlet, “A True Relation.”

According to the English accounts each confession was wrung forth by torture. The Dutch minutes of

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the trial conceal the fact of torture at all, and thus violate a fundamental rule of the Dutch criminal procedure. The members of the Amboyna council, who sat as judges, acknowledged on oath that twelve of the English were tortured by water and two of them also by fire, but stated that one (Beaumont) was only tortured a little on account of his age and feeble health.

The judges also pleaded in their defence that the torture was in no case extreme, indeed of a “civil” sort.

What it exactly amounted to we know from eye-witnesses. The accused man was hoisted up and tied spread-eagle fashion in a doorway. In the water torment “they bound a cloth about his neck and face so close that little or no water could go by. That done they poured the water softly upon his head until the cloth was full up to the mouth and nostrils … till his body was swollen twice or thrice as big as before, his cheeks like great bladders, and his eyes staring and strutting out beyond his forehead.” It was the slow agony of bursting, joined to the acute but long-drawn-out agony of suffocation. In the fire torture, they held lighted candles beneath the most sensitive parts of the body – under the armpits, the palms of the hand, and the soles of the feet. Emmanuel Thomson, like John Clarke, it was said, had no surgeon to dress his burnt flesh, so that no one “was able to endure the smell of his body.”

To the torture by fire and water, admitted by the Dutch, the English accounts add “the splitting of the toes, and lancing of the breast, and putting in gunpowder, and then firing the same, whereby the body is not left entire, neither for innocency nor execution. Clarke and Thomson were both fain to be carried to their execution, though they were tortured many days before.” But the Dutch admissions suffice.

Towerson, who steadily asserted his innocence, on being confronted with some who had confessed, charged them as they would answer it at the dreadful day of judgment, they should speak nothing but the truth.” The sufferers implored his forgiveness and declared all they had said was false. But, threatened again with torture, they reaffirmed their confessions. The spirit of the miserable little band was completely broken.

Even Van Speult felt that he might be going too far, and for some days hesitated as to whether he should not remit the case to the Dutch governor-general at Batavia. But the English president and council at Batavia had, on January 10–20, 1623, resolved to withdraw

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their oppressed factories from the Moluccas, Amboyna, and the Clove and Nutmeg Isles. They had indeed thanked the Dutch president and council for agreeing to bring them away in Flemish ships. Orders in this sense were simultaneously sent to our agents at Banda and elsewhere. The Calendar of State Papers of the East Indies for 1622–1624 (p. 398) shows that while the tortured men lay waiting their doom, two Holland ships arrived from Batavia, bringing the letter from the English president and council ordering the withdrawal of our agency from Amboyna. “Which letter was opened and read by the Dutch governor while our people were yet in prison and not executed, and might well have secured him that there was no further danger to be feared of the English aid of shipping, whatever the English had through fear of torture confessed.” The statement is confirmed by Van Speult’s own admissions, and it gives a darker shade to his resolve on instant judgment.

The public prosecutor was instructed to demand sentence. This, according to the minutes, he did with irregular brevity – twenty-one lines of writing in all. According to the Dutch procedure, his requisition should have given a summary of the facts and evidence, which it did not. It should certainly have specified the separate names of the accused Englishmen, while it only contained that of Gabriel Towerson “and his creatures and accomplices.” These were not the omissions of ignorance. The “fiscal” who conducted the case was a lawyer, and in his haste for condemnation,

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A scene at Darjiling

he set at defiance the safeguards of procedure which even the Dutch law prescribed. His demand was really the demand of Sieyes at the trial of Louis XVI – La Mort sans phrase.

On February 25, 1623, or February 23d (for there are discrepancies as to the date), the prisoners, with certain exceptions, were condemned to death. The English from outlying factories, who had not even been at Amboyna at the time of the alleged plot, were released; three others were allowed to draw lots for their life; and in the end the elderly Beaumont and the terrified Collins were sent to give evidence at Batavia as “men condemned and left to the mercy of the governor-general.” Captain Towerson manfully proclaimed the iniquity of the proceedings. When ordered to indite a confession, he wrote out a protestation of his innocence. The governor gave it to the interpreter to read out in Dutch, “which I could not do,” said that officer, “without shedding of tears.” He had also to translate a dying declaration secretly written by Towerson in a Bible which he asked Van Speult to send to his friends in England – “which Bible after that time I never saw or heard mentioned.”

Yet some last words reached the outer world. William Griggs wrote in his Table-book, which was secretly saved by a servant: “We through torment were constrained to speak that which we never meant nor once imagined. … They tortured us with that extreme torment of fire and water that flesh and blood could not endure. … Written in the dark.” Captain Towerson

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wrote much; but all was suppressed, except an unnoticed sentence appended to his signature to a bill of debt due from the English Company: “Firmed by the Firm [i.e. signature] of me Gabriel Towerson now appointed to die, guiltless of anything that can be justly laid to my charge. God forgive them their guilt and receive me to His mercy. Amen.”


The old East India House (about 1650)

Samuel Colson, imprisoned with six of the others, on board the Dutch ships in the roads, wrote the following in his prayer-book and had it sewed up in a bed: “March 5, stilo novo, being Sunday, aboard the Rotterdam, lying in irons.” “Understand that I, Samuel Colson, late factor of Hitou, was apprehended for suspicion of conspiracy; and for anything I know must die for it: wherefore having no means to make my innocence known, have writ in this book hoping some good Englishman will see it. I do here upon my salvation, as I hope by His death and passion to have redemption for my sins, that I am clear of all such conspiracy; neither do I know any Englishman guilty thereof nor any other creature in the world. As this is true, God bless me, Sam. Colson.” In another part

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of the book, at the beginning of the Psalms, he declared: “As I mean and hope to have pardon for my sins, I know no more than the child unborn of this business.” These statements were written three or four days before the execution of the death sentence, as “March 5, stilo novo,” would correspond to February 23d, if we take the English dates.

On February 26th (English date) the prisoners were brought into the hall of the castle to be prepared for death. Captain Towerson was taken into the torture-chamber with “two great jars of water carried after him. What he there did or suffered is unknown to the English without, but it seemeth they made him then to underwrite his confession” – a confession of a plot so wild that, had it ever entered a man’s brain, “he should,” in the words of the English Company, “rather have been sent to bedlam … than to the gallows.”

The condemned men still protested their innocence. “Samuel Colson spake with a loud voice saying, According to my innocency in this treason, so Lord pardon all the rest of my sins; and if I be guilty thereof more or less, let me never be partaker of Thy heavenly joys. At which words every one of the rest cried Amen for me, Amen for me, good Lord. This done, each of them knowing whom he had accused, went one to another begging forgiveness for their false accusation,” under the torture; “and they all freely forgave one another, for none had been so falsely accused, but he himself had accused another as falsely.” Their last “doleful night they spent in prayer, singing of psalms

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and comforting one another,” refusing the wine which the guards offered them, “bidding them to drink lustick and drive away the sorrow.”

Next day, February 27th (English date), the ten Englishmen8, nine Japanese, and the Portuguese captain of slaves were led out to execution “in a long procession round the town,” through crowds of natives who had been summoned by beat of drum “to behold this triumph over the English.”

It is not needful, after the fashion of that time, to accept as manifestations of divine wrath a “great darkness” and hurricane which immediately followed, and drove two Dutch ships from their anchorage; or the pestilence, said to have swept away one thousand people. The innocence of Towerson and his fellow sufferers rests upon no such stories, whether false or true. The improbability of the enterprise, the absence of any evidence except such as was wrung forth under torments, the neglect of the safeguards imposed by the Dutch law on judicial torture, the dying declarations of the victims – suffice to convince any unbiassed mind that the ten Englishmen were unjustly done to death. This, too, without insisting on the circumstance that would place Van Speult’s conduct in the darkest light – his being on the outlook for conspiracies; or on the arrival of the English letter during the trial ordering

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the withdrawal of our agency from Amboyna; or on the existence of Dutch ships in the harbour which might even, if the shore prison were overcrowded, have carried those accused of the supposed conspiracy for judgment to the Dutch governor-general at Batavia, or served for their confinement till his confirmation of the proceedings was obtained.

Van Speult took possession of our Amboyna and neighbouring factories; “the poor remnant of the English” were removed to Batavia; and the great design for driving us out of the Clove and Nutmeg Isles was accomplished.

When the news of the tragedy reached England fifteen months later – May 29, 1624 – a cry of execration arose. The Company demanded justice. With English self-control it repressed irresponsible discussion by its members, and resolved, on June 16th, to trust to the state “to call for an account of the lives of the king’s subjects.” The governor refrained from speech until he was assured of the facts, and it was not until July 2d that he brought the matter officially before a general court of the Company.

The first feeling indeed was one of incredulity at so abominable an outrage on innocent men. King James apprehended the fact to be so foul … he could not believe it,” and, when convinced, threatened to extort reparation from Holland. At the Royal Council table “sundry of the greatest shed tears.” But James had resolved to break with Spain, in wrath at the treatment of Prince Charles on his knight-errant quest at

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Madrid for a Spanish wife in 1623. War with Spain meant an alliance with Holland, whose twelve years’ truce with Spain had also expired. Dutch envoys were, indeed, at that moment in London, negotiating a treaty of offence and defence. So the king and his Council dried their eyes, and the Dutch diplomats joyfully returned home, praising the good-will of a monarch who had said not a word about “the late accident at Amboyna.” Nor were courtiers wanting who blamed the Company for raising a difficulty “when his Majesty had resolved to aid the Dutch.”

Very different was the temper of the nation. On July 2, 1624, the governor of the Company declared that assuredly “God the Avenger of all such bloody acts will in His due time bring the truth to light” – “the unspeakable tyrannies done upon those unfortunate men, which is able to amaze the Christian world.” They still hoped that the king would help them; but their best comfort was that when man is at the weakest then God is strongest. On July 9th a general court of the Company decided that unless justice were “done on those Dutch that have in so great fury and tyranny tortured and slain the English,” the Company must wind up and “fetch home what they have in the Indies.” A petition in this sense was voted to the king – “and according to his answer and proceeding the trade to stop or proceed.” On July 11th they waited on the king in his bedchamber with the memorial, together with “A True Relation,” and received his promise of “a speedy reparation from the Dutch by

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the strength of his own arm, if they did it not suddenly themselves.”

The cry for revenge had gathered a strength which not even James could resist. Chamberlain, the Horace Walpole of his time, wrote to the English ambassador in Holland that “we should stay or arrest the first Indian ship that comes in our way, and hang up upon Dover cliffs” as many Dutchmen as had taken part in the outrage, “and then dispute the matter afterwards. For there is no other course to be held with such manner of men, as neither regard law nor justice, nor any other respect of equity or humanity, but only make gain their god.” The Company was believed to

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have collapsed. No man would pay in any money to it. If the king would not help, it was wildly propounded at a general court on July 22d, to “join with the Portugals and root the bloody Dutch out of the Indies.”


Marwario merchants, or traders of the Indies

The “True Relation” presented to James on July 11, 1624, had touched the sentimental fibre in his weak nature. On July 16th he promised to make stay of Dutch vessels if satisfaction were not given, and even offered to become himself a shareholder in the Company, and to allow its ships to sail under the royal standard. This offer of greatness thrust upon it, the Company respectfully declined. The king meanwhile ordered his ambassador at The Hague to demand satisfaction from the States-General before August 12th, under threat of reprisals by hanging, or even “an irreconcilable war.”

These were brave words, and if the Dutch Government had believed they would be followed by action, they might have proved decisive. For the outrage of Amboyna had come as an unpleasant surprise to the Dutch Company, and as a serious embarrassment to the Dutch Government. The governor-general at Batavia spoke his mind as freely as he dared to Van Speult. The Company in Holland, while making the best case they could against the English claims for compensation, refrained from sending back Coen to the East, although they had reappointed him governor-general in 1624. Members of the States-General openly expressed their disgust. The Prince of Orange wished that Van Speult with all his council had been hanged

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on a gibbet before they began “to spell this tragedy.”

The States-General accordingly appointed deputies to treat with our ambassador. But an English observer wrote that, although the king spoke valiantly, he could wish his Majesty would say less, so that he would do more. The Dutch deputies played on his irresolution, and the time allowed for redress expired. When at length, on October 15th, a royal warrant was issued for the seizure of Flemish ships, our ambassador at The Hague advised that this extremity should be avoided, and the Dutch were somehow warned of the danger. In November, 1624, the London Company officially informed the lord admiral that Holland ships were in the Straits of Dover, but they were allowed to pass unharmed.

The English Company was forced to realize that, in trusting to the royal support, it leaned on a broken reed. In July it had demanded satisfaction under three heads:, justice against the murderers, compensation for injuries, and absolute separation from the Dutch Company in the East. In October it despondently reduced its claims to the safe removal of the English from Batavia; the question of jurisdiction and Council of Defence; and the right to erect forts, and to be treated by the Dutch as allies and friends. James would not fight, and the Dutch knew it. They were willing enough to accept the first condition and allow the safe removal of the English from Batavia. But, while dangling before us a compromise, they would never surrender

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their sovereign jurisdiction in the Spice Islands or allow the English to erect fortifications. On March 25, 1625, King James died.


Palace of Jahangir at Agra

By this time the facts were well known in England. A certain simplicity in Towerson’s character gave additional pathos to his death. He had sailed on the Company’s second voyage in 1604 and obtained his admission as a freeman gratis in recognition of long service. Eighteen checkered years brought him to the chief agency at Amboyna in 1622, with a salary of £10 a month. Once indeed he had emerged for a moment. Having married the Indian widow of Captain Hawkins, he attempted for a time to make a figure not justified either by her position or his own. In 1617 Sir Thomas

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Roe, our ambassador to the Moghul Emperor Jahangir, wrote that Towerson “is here arrived with many servants, a trumpet, and more show than I use.” In 1620 we find him back in England vainly soliciting the command of a ship, and returning to the Archipelago along with other factors in “the great cabin of the Anne.”

The contemporary records show that he had not gained caution with years. Arriving at Amboyna in May, 1622, he became a close friend of the Dutch Governor Van Speult and gave him his entire confidence. In June of that year, as we saw, Van Speult was on the lookout for conspiracies and asking the Dutch governor-general at Batavia for leave to deal with them “suitably, unhesitatingly, and immediately.” In September Towerson, on the other hand, wrote to the English president at Batavia in warm terms of Van Speult’s “courtesies” and “love.” He asks our president to send Van Speult a complimentary letter, together “with some beer or a case of strong waters, which will be very acceptable to him.”

The president and council at Batavia saw more of the game. “In such kind of courtesy,” they replied in December, 1622, “we know he is free enough, but in your main affairs you will find him a subtle man.” There was to be no beer or case of strong waters for Van Speult. On the contrary, “be careful you be not circumvented in matters of importance, through his dissembling friendship.” This warning they followed up next month by commanding Towerson and his subordinates to quit Amboyna. “Prepare and make yourself

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ready to come away from thence with all the rest of the factors in the Dutch ship, except two you may leave there at Amboyna to keep house until our further order.”

Meanwhile Towerson continued his unsuspecting course. On January 1, 1623, he gave his official dinner to the little English group at Amboyna – the regular New Year’s Day party which was to serve the Dutch fiscal as a ground-work for the alleged conspiracy. How far any thoughts of seizing Amboyna were from the minds of the English may be known by the letter of our president and council in March, 1622, to the Company, desiring to retire even from Batavia; by Brockedon’s petition in August, 1622, for leave to return home, as he could “live no longer under the insolence of the Dutch;” and by the orders of January, 1623, to Towerson and other outlying agencies to withdraw to Batavia with the English under their charge. Towerson, “a sincere, honest, and plain man without malice,” as one of the Amboyna free burghers and a servant of the Dutch Company described him, discerned not the signs of the times, and the letter ordering him to leave Amboyna was intercepted by the Dutch governor Van Speult. So he went to his death – ” that honest good man, Captain Towerson, whom I think in my conscience was so upright and honest toward all men, that he has harboured no ill will of any.”

Such a character is pretty sure of sympathy from the English middle classes, always indulgent to sturdy mediocrity, especially of the jovial sort. The story

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De Houtman’s Map of the sea route to India, Batavia, and Java, in 1597

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of Amboyna gathered round his name, until it reached Dryden’s version of a murderous plot by Van Speult against Towerson in revenge for his killing Van Speult’s son in a duel. In 1625 the legend was still a long way from this climax. But the last weeks of King James’s life had been harassed by popular demonstrations. In February, 1625, the Dutch living in London complained to the lords of the Council that on the coming Shrove Tuesday they would be in danger from the fury of the people. Besides the pamphlets spread broadcast, a play was to be publicly acted setting forth the sufferings of the English; and a great picture had been painted, “lively, largely, and artificially,” of their tortures and execution. The reins were falling from the old king’s hands, and the Council gently admonished the Company not to exhibit this picture – at least till Shrove Tuesday be passed.

Next month, March, 1625, Charles succeeded to the throne. The main business of our ambassador at The Hague, Sir Dudley Carleton (afterwards Viscount Dorchester), was to strengthen the affiance of Holland with England against Spain, and he groaned audibly over the new labours and awkward questions to which the Amboyna imbroglio gave rise. Charles, keenly resentful of his personal treatment when in quest of a wife at Madrid, was eager to send a fleet to the Spanish coast, and promised large subsidies to the Protestant league in the North. The Amboyna difficulty had to be got out of the way, and in September, 1625, Charles agreed to make no reprisals on the Dutch ships for

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eighteen months, and at the same time appeased the London Company by promising that if, by that time, justice were not done, he would proceed to hostilities. This is shown by the treaty of Southampton, September 7, 1625.


A Typical Eastern Scene

But before the expiration of the eighteen months Charles had quarrelled with his Parliament and found a war with France oh his hands. The Dutch were masters of the situation and they knew it. So far from their giving satisfaction for Amboyna, Coen went out as governor-general for a second time in March, 1627, in spite of the protests of the English Company, who regarded his policy as the main source of their sorrows. When in April, 1627, the States-General were reminded that the eighteen months had elapsed, they dexterously got the question transferred to the law courts, and offered to proceed by way of a legal prosecution against the Amboyna judges who had sentenced the English to death.

Here they were on safe ground. Preliminary difficulties at once arose. The Dutch naturally insisted that the tribunal should be a Dutch one sitting in Holland. King Charles objected to his subjects being

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required to leave their country and prosecute before a foreign court beyond the seas. The feeling both in England and Holland was that, while the States-General would gladly have seen the matter settled, the directors of the Dutch Company were so intermingled with the Dutch Government that no justice would be done.

English protests against the re-appointment of Coen passed unheeded, and in August, 1627, Carleton despaired of redress from a government controlled by the votes of the interested parties, among whom “one oar which holds back, stops more than ten can row forward.” In September, however, a tribunal of seven Dutch judges was constituted, three from the high and four from the provincial council.

Meanwhile Charles, with the rising tide in Parliament and in the nation against him, was anxious to keep the London Company his friends. In a moment of vigour, he stayed three Dutch ships off Cowes (September, 1627) and held them fast for eleven months, although threatened with a, Dutch fleet to bring them away. The English Company declared that, if his Majesty let the Dutch ships go, it were better for the Company to abandon the trade. But the fit of royal resolution passed, and the king, in sore straits for money, suddenly released the Dutch ships in August, 1628: it was rumoured, for a gratification of £30,000. In vain his Majesty tried to soften the blow by the unprecedented compliment of sending the lords of the Council to a court meeting of the Company to explain that the

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release was due to an “extraordinary matter of State.” The directors of the Dutch Company gave out as far back as March, 1628, that they had arranged for the release of the ships on the condition of their redeeming his Majesty’s jewels.

The Company now knew that, if they had little to expect from the Dutch tribunal, they had nothing to hope from the king. The Dutch also knew it.

In November, 1628,

his Majesty feebly suggested, in reply to the repeated demands of the Dutch for the English witnesses to go over to Holland, that the Dutch judges should come to England under a safe-conduct – a proposal which merely furnished a good ground for further delay.

A year later, having sunk into still deeper difficulties with the Parliament and the nation, Charles yielded to the demands of the foreigner and sent over the witnesses. But he tried to save his royal honour by explaining that he had never submitted to the jurisdiction of the Dutch judges, although he would prefer to receive reparation at their hands than by any other means The English ambassador must be present in the Dutch court; the English witnesses must not be questioned on other articles than those on which they had already been examined in his Majesty’s Court of Admiralty; the Dutch judges, when ready to deliver sentence, must inform the king of it, so that he might weigh and consider its import. The Dutch tribunal naturally refused to concede these points. The king had put not only himself but also the English nation

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in the wrong by his method of procedure, and again the Dutch knew it.

His Majesty struggled for a time in the meshes he had woven around himself.



Penyerangan pertama pada tahun 1628 dipimpin oleh Tumenggung Baurekso dan beberapa panglima perang lainnya. Namun, serangan ini dapat dipatahkan oleh Belanda. Wabah penyakit serta kekurangan pasokan air dan makanan menjadi sebab gagalnya serangan ini.

Pada tahun 1629,

Sultan Agung kembali memerintahkan pasukan Mataram untuk menyerang Batavia. Penyerangan ini dipimpin oleh Dipati Puger dan Dipati Purbaya. Meskipun telah dipersiapkan dengan baik, termasuk membangun lumbung-lumbung padi di sepanjang perjalanan yang akan dilalui, penyerangan ini gagal. Penyebabnya, rencana penyerangan telah bocor dan diketahui oleh Belanda sehingga Belanda mendahului dengan membakar lumbung-lumbung padi yang telah di bangun.

Selain itu, wabah penyakit kolera turut memperburuk kondisi prajurit Mataram. Meskipun demikian, pada serangan kali ini, pasukan Mataram berhasil menguasai dan menghancurkan Benteng Hollandia. Gubernur Jenderal Jan Pieterzoon Coen juga tewas karena wabah penyakit kolera yang saat itu sedang berjangkit di Batavia.

Dari kedua penyerangan tersebut, Sultan Agung kemudian menarik kesimpulan menarik bahwa dukungan logistic amat penting untuk melakukan penyerangan ke lokasi yang jauh. Belajar dari hal tersebut, Sultan Agung kemudian mengirimkan orang-orangnya untuk membuka persawahan di daerah Purwakarta dan Sumedang. Namun, rencana Sultan Agung untuk menyerang Batavia yang ketiga kalinya tidak terlaksana.

In December, 1629,

he insisted on reserving the final sentence either to himself or to a joint bench of English and Dutch judges, on the strength of the treaty of 1619. The Dutch quite truly rejoined that the treaty contained not a single article which implied joint jurisdiction in criminal cases, but only in what concerned the joint defence and trade. While the preliminaries were thus spun out from 1627 to 1630, the six Amboyna councillors who were supposed to be on their trial figured as patriots to their nation. The English witnesses, still unheard, were sunk in debt to obtain food from day to day. They mournfully complained to the Privy Council that they had attended in Holland for twelve months, that they were now destitute and like to be cast into prison, while their wives and children were perishing miserably. In March, 1631, the British ambassador at The Hague reported that in the Amboyna business all was silence.

It is doubtful, even if the Amboyna council had been promptly and impartially tried, whether the London Company would have obtained substantial redress. It is certain that no court administering the law then in force in Europe could have condemned the judges to death for the Amboyna executions. The two grounds which underlay the English contention were badly chosen. As a matter of fact, the Amboyna council had

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exercised a lawful jurisdiction, and torture was not only allowed, but enjoined by the law which they were bound to administer. The Dutch Company’s charter of 1602 empowered it to appoint public prosecutors in the name of the States-General for the conduct of judicial business in its fortresses beyond the Cape of Good Hope. The ordinances for the Dutch governor-general in 1617 authorized him not only to execute all civil and


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criminal sentences, but also to delegate this function to the subordinate councils and proper officers of settlements at which the governor-general and council could not be present. In 1619 instructions had been duly given to Van Speult to administer justice as governor of Amboyna in civil and criminal cases. They were further enforced by the Dutch governor-general’s express sanction to Van Speult in October, 1622, to deal unhesitatingly with conspiracies.

A candid examination of the Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1619 shows that its jurisdiction clause referred only to questions of trade and joint defence, and left the criminal and civil jurisdiction untouched. Nor could the pronouncement of King James in 1623 seriously affect the issue, for the Dutch repudiated it as never having been accepted by (perhaps not even communicated to) their representatives. The States-General consistently maintained their civil and criminal jurisdiction in their settlements throughout the Spice Archipelago. As a matter of fact, the English in the Dutch settlements had been steadily subjected to that jurisdiction, although they groaned under it, and their very complaints to the directors in London prove their practical submission to its most irksome forms.

The general law of Europe at that time prescribed judicial torture as a proper and an almost necessary means for arriving at the truth. Dutch jurisprudence went so far as to declare that, in eases similar to that of Amboyna, a public prosecutor could demand sentence of death only on the confession of the accused.

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The judges therefore, after satisfying themselves by independent proof of the guilt of the accused, had to obtain his confession; without torture if possible, by torture if not. But the Dutch ordinances of 1570 provided safeguards against the abuse of this method, and insisted on indicia sufficientia ad torturam, or a reasonable presumption of guilt before the torture was resorted to.

In England torture, although unrecognized by the common law, was employed in state trials by the Privy Council or High Commission Court in virtue of the royal prerogative. “The rack seldom stood idle in the Tower,” writes Hallam, “for all the latter part of Elizabeth’s reign.” Lord Burleigh defended its use, as the accused “was never so racked but that he was perfectly able to walk and to write;” and “the warders, whose office and act it is to handle the rack, were ever by those that attended the examinations specially charged to use it in so charitable a manner as such a thing might be.” “In the highest cases of treason,” wrote Lord Bacon in 1603, “torture is used for discovery and not for evidence.”

James I had perhaps less right than any other English sovereign to complain of its use by the Dutch. As King of Scotland he had not only sanctioned torture in alleged cases of conspiracy and witchcraft, but had in 1596 authorized even a subordinate court – the provost and baillies of Edinburgh – to try rioters by torture. As King of England he had in 1605 racked Guy Fawkes, per gradus ad ima, and in 1615 the aged Puritan


View of Lucknow

Lucknow, a city now numbering nearly three hundred thousand inhabitants, is one of the largest cities of India, after Calcutta, Bombay, and Madras. It has been the capital of the Province of Oudh since 1775, and the part which it played in the tragic events of the Indian Mutiny, in the following century, rendered the name of Lucknow famous.

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Peacham had been examined “in torture, between tortures, and after torture.” In the same year O’Kennan was put to the rack in Dublin by commission of the king’s deputy. In each one of his three kingdoms James had used torture, and he defended it with his “own princely pen.”

Even such details as the Dutch complaint that John Clarke must be “a devil” or “a witch,” because he stubbornly refused to confess under torment, are reproduced in the English trials. On January 21, 1615, Lord Bacon condoled with his Majesty on the obstinacy of the mangled Peacham, “whose raging devil seems to be turned into a dumb devil.” Lord Burleigh’s defence of the rack on the ground that it was mercifully administered and that the sufferer was always “able to walk and to write” afterwards, is an exact anticipation of the Amboyna judge’s plea of the “civil” character of the water-torture.

Yet if history must allow that the Dutch had jurisdiction, and that under that jurisdiction the use of torture was lawful, it must also declare that a grievous miscarriage of justice had taken place. It is admitted that the record discloses grave irregularities in procedure – irregularities so serious that if an appeal had been allowed they might have sufficed to quash the trial. How far they were due to the careless character of the record itself will ever remain undecided. There was certainly an absence of the indicia sufficientia ad torturam, or reasonable presumption of guilt, which would have justified torture under the Dutch law. The

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confession of the Japanese soldier which formed the ground of the whole proceeding was signed on the day of his torture in defiance of the Dutch ordinances of July 15, 1570, and it was attested by all the judges, although one of them (Wyncoop) was admittedly not in Amboyna on that day. The minutes make no mention of the witnesses being confronted with each other after torture, and of their reaffirming their confessions made under torture, as required by the Dutch law.

Above all, if the English statements on oath are accepted, the whole evidence from first to last was wrung forth by torture or fear of torture. If the Dutch counter-statements be preferred, the great mass of evidence was thus obtained. Of the two witnesses not subjected to torture, according to the Dutch account, one, Edward Collins, swore that he had been tortured, and produced testimony on oath to his dismal outcries. The other, the invalid Beaumont, declared that he had confessed only after he had been tied up for torture, and that he repeated his confession at Batavia to save his own life after the death of the victims had placed them beyond reach of further harm. The survivors consistently affirmed that the only evidence against them at their trial was derived from confessions under torture; confessions which, according to the English depositions on oath, were withdrawn after the torture; and which were solemnly affirmed to be false in the dying declarations of the sufferers.

It is not needful to assume that the Amboyna Council wickedly, and against their conscience, condemned

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the victims to death. Van Speult, as we have seen, was on the lookout for conspiracies, when he and his fellow councillors were suddenly transferred into the judges of men who had been their keen trade-rivals and the great obstacle to the Dutch supremacy in the Archipelago.


The Durbar of an Indian Ruler

Among Eastern races the king or governor was both ruler and judge, and the early European settlements in Asia found themselves compelled firmly to unite all functions, executive and judicial, in the hands of one man or body of men. Cases inevitably occurred in which they were practically judges in their own cause; apt in moments of public danger or fear to bring their passions and preconceptions as governors to their seats on the bench. The Amboyna trial

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was such a case. It stands on the forefront of our history in the East as an example of the danger of combining the executive and the judicial authority in the same hands. That danger the English have striven to guard against by the separation of judicial and executive offices – a process commenced almost from the foundation of their territorial rule in India, yet reaching its final stages only in our own time.

But if we view with charity the cruel blunder of the Amboyna Council as a whole, it is difficult to extend to either the governor or the prosecuting fiscal the benefit of the doubt. The fiscal, Isaac de Bruyne, appears throughout the records in a sinister light. Intent on obtaining a conviction, he constantly urged on Van Speult, and forced incriminating answers upon the witnesses till the council itself had to interpose. His record of the trial was so irregular and incomplete as to render impossible a fair judicial review of the proceedings. On the face of the record as it stands, the accused were improperly condemned. Bruyne’s conduct called forth the reprobation of his superiors at Amboyna, and in the English depositions he appears as “the greatest adversary against the English.” Whatever may have been Van Speult’s own preconception as to their guilt during the first excited days of the prosecution, he can scarcely, after the seizure of the English factory and the perusal of Towerson’s correspondence with the English president at Batavia, have believed in the plot. But by that time he may have felt that he had gone too far to retrace his steps. Or he may have simply

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been one of those commonplace officials who jump to conclusions and then remain obdurate to facts. His interception of the letter from our president at Batavia ordering the withdrawal of the English from Amboyna, was only the last act in the suppression of proof of innocence.

The Dutch authorities themselves felt uneasy lest Van Speult should be examined as to his share in the business. On the expiration of his term of office at Amboyna, he had hardly returned to Batavia when a rumour arrived of a ship in the Straits of Sunda bearing a joint commission from the king and States-General for the despatch of Van Speult to Europe. He was hastily sent off to the western coast of India, whence he proceeded with an expedition to the Red Sea, and he died at Mocha, carrying his secret to the grave.

Meanwhile the English, with their agents drawn in from the Spice Archipelago, and huddled together at Batavia, waited wistfully for redress from home. They waited in vain. News of the Amboyna tragedy reached Batavia on June 20, 1623. At length, having suffered nineteen more months of insults and exactions, their ships dogged by Dutch vessels at sea and cut off from trade on shore, they resolved to quit “this perfidious people,” and, cost what it might, to seek shelter elsewhere. Some of them found refuge on the Indian coast, and in October, 1624, the miserable remnant sailed to the unhealthy Lagundy islets on the southeast of Sumatra.

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There, amid terrible privations, yet stubbornly “affiant of a happy plantation,” they renamed the little group Charles’s Islands, and held out against fever and dysentery for eight months, dying “like sheep infected” under the equatorial sun and rain. In May, 1625, the skeleton survivors were so reduced as to implore the clemency of the Dutch, who in pity fetched them back to Batavia. The commander Verholt, be it recorded, showed them all “care and courtesy,” although he himself and many of his crew caught the disease. Nor did Dutch compassion end with their bare deliverance. They received the rescued men with kindness and granted them a factory house at a moderate price, the Dutch governor-general and our president, in an effusion of good feeling, exchanging chains of gold.

The Dutch had, in fact, accomplished the two fixed purposes of their policy – our expulsion from the Spice Archipelago and our complete subjection at their Batavian headquarters in Java. Their harshness had been deliberately designed to this end, and, with the exception of Van Speult’s judicial slaughter at Amboyna, they had kept fairly within their treaty rights. Their double object being now achieved, they allowed their national good nature free scope. But the excess of cordiality wore off, and the English soon became impatient of the restraints which the Dutch thought themselves entitled to impose. In July, 1627, we find our President Hawley bitterly complaining of the treatment meted out to his countrymen.

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Their position was indeed an impossible one, and the Company at home, sick of King Charles’s fair words, realized this fact. In November, 1626, it proposed to abolish its factory at Batavia and to establish one under the protection of the King of Bantam. In


Javanese Princes

January, 1628, these orders reached Batavia, and the English, putting the relics of their property on board ship, sailed to Bantam, where they were welcomed by the native prince. The sad fortunes of our Bantam factory, its repeated reduction by the London Company to a subordinate post, its blockades by the Dutch, and the gradual but sure withdrawal of its trade to our

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settlements on the Indian coast, belong to a later period. Its history may, however, be summed up in a single sentence. As the executions at Amboyna proclaimed the triumph of the Dutch in the Spice Islands, so the fate of Bantam declared the supremacy of the Dutch in the sea-approaches to the Far East.

By 1631 all hope of judicial redress for the torture and execution of our countrymen at Amboyna had flickered out. In 1633, and again in 1638, Charles, urged by the despairing Company, reverted to feeble attempts at negotiation, with equal unsuccess9. Innocent Englishmen had been tortured and executed under the forms of a foreign law, and for their slaughter redress could not be obtained either by diplomacy or by judicial proceedings. From the first, the Dutch were resolved not to yield, save to force of arms. As they had speedily discovered that James I would not fight, so they gradually found out that Charles I could not fight.

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It was not till the unhappy distractions of the second Stuart’s reign came to their tragic close, and until the Dutch found that a real man again ruled England, that they conceded to Cromwell, after war, what a little firmness might have secured at the outset to James.

At length, in April, 1654, the States-General agreed “that justice be done upon those who were partakers or accomplices in the massacre of the English at Amboyna, as the Republic of England is pleased to term that fact, provided any of them be living.” Cromwell brooked no delay. Within five months all claims and counter-claims arising during forty-one years had been examined. In August the general damages of £85,000 were awarded to the London Company, together with £3615 to the heirs of the men done to death at Amboyna; and Pularoon was restored to English rule.

But this tardy justice failed to efface Amboyna from the English mind. The spectres of the tortured victims stood between the two great Protestant powers during a century. The memory of a great wrong unredressed and of innocent blood unavenged embittered their trade rivalry, intensified each crisis of political strain, and furnished a popular cry for two wars. Dryden’s “Tragedy of Amboyna,” produced in the fiftieth year after the execution, has been not unfairly described as his one literary effort which is wholly worthless except as a curiosity. Yet it serves to show how the story deepened into a darker hue with age.

The opening dialogue between Van Speult and the Dutch fiscal reveals their hatred to the English. Van

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Speult’s son, whom Towerson has rescued at sea, plots with the fiscal against the life of his preserver, and, after again being saved from death by Towerson, ravishes the Englishman’s bride and is thereupon killed by him in a duel. Van Speult, in revenge, invents the story of the plot. The victims are tortured on the stage, fiercely reviled by the governor, and led off to execution. On his way to death Towerson breaks forth in a prophetic strain, foretelling the vengeance of his countrymen and the ruin and downfall of the Dutch. The characters are coarsely drawn from the “True Relation;” the picture presented of the Dutch is grossly unfair. But it struck a chord of popular feeling, and responded to an antipathy which had hardened and set into a national tradition.

That tradition not only affected our internal and dynastic politics, but it profoundly influenced the march of events in Europe. If Holland and England had been friends at heart instead of occasional allies by interest, the aggressions of Louis XIV would have encountered a very different strength of resistance. Our Charles II

would scarcely have dared to remain the dependent of -France. James II would perhaps have shrunk from forcing a Catholic reaction on England. The memory

of Amboyna wrought like a fever on the trade-rivalry of the two Protestant sea powers. The friendship of France might mean court corruption and Popery, but between England and Holland, as long as that bloody memory lived, there could be no real friendship at all. Politicians and poets appealed to the middle-class

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hatred of the Dutch as against the middle-class hatred of Rome. Amboyna is thus disclosed as one of the influences which lured on the Stuarts to the Revolution, and as one of the remote secret springs of the age of Louis XIV.

Nor had Amboyna less important consequences for the Dutch. The overthrow of the English in the Spice Archipelago and their subjection in Java enabled the Holland Company to create a colonial system which, for frank indifference to human suffering, stands out in the history of European settlements across the seas. The fault was not the fault of the Dutch nation, but of the particular period when the chance of a great colonial empire came to it. The Catholic tradition of conversion by conquest, cruel as were its practices, had given place to the industrial idea of conquest for trade.

Neither Spain nor Portugal, with their record of blood in the Eastern and the Western worlds, nor England, with its subsequent slave traffic, can afford to cast stones. But the comparative isolation of Holland in the East, and the absence of any strong native power in the Archipelago like that of the Moghul dynasty in India, enabled the Dutch to work out the industrial idea of conquest to its logical results. The same isolation enabled them to perpetuate that idea, after it had been profoundly modified by a humanitarian awakening in Europe. It survived as a relic of a century when the Protestant nations of the Continent, wearied with religious strife, lost sight for a time of that spiritual brotherhood of man which shot rays across the darkness

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of Portuguese misrule, and which had burned up afresh before the foundation of British territorial sway in India. Jan Pieterszoon Coen, the chief founder of the Dutch colonial system, became governor-general in 1618 – the date taken by European history for the commencement of the Thirty Years’ War.


Tomb of the Moghul official Itmad-ad-Daulah, at Agra

Coen has left in his own words a detailed description of the fabric which he designed. The Dutch charter expired in January, 1623, and on the 21st of that month the great governor-general, as the last act of his first term of office, drew up his political testament for the benefit of his countrymen in the form of instructions left with Peter de Carpentier, governor-general, and the Council of the Indies, and dated Batavia,

21–31, January, 1623. He realized that the sea-power of Holland in the Archipelago must rest on a territorial basis with a territorial revenue, the absence of which had drawn forth from Cosme Annes, nearly a hundred years earlier (1549), the Portuguese lament: “We sit still, perishing without lands out of which to support ourselves or find shelter.” Albuquerque discerned the same need a century before. But Coen deliberately worked out what Albuquerque had perceived, and, unlike Albuquerque, he was backed by a nation which loyally supported its great servants in the East.

He cherished no illusions as to how such a territorial sea-empire was to be acquired and maintained. It was easy to bring the scattered islands under subjection. The problem was to people them with workers. The idea of settling Dutchmen and Dutchwomen in sufficient numbers, although it had its attractions for Coen as for the other colonizing spirits of that age, he saw to be impracticable. He anticipated the conclusion which some of the European nations are only now reaching after long and cruel experience, that agricultural emigrants from the temperate zone perish in the tropics. The lands of the equator can be tilled only by equatorial races. The heathen whom the Papal Bulls had given to the Portuguese for an inheritance, to be converted with a rod of iron or dashed to pieces like a potter’s vessel, were to Coen merely a cheap labour-force. The “ingathering of a multitude of people from all parts to people our country withall” was

his first object, and of far more consequence, he declared, than the buying of cloths and goods.

This object he proposed to accomplish by three distinct methods: the enslavement of conquered islands, the purchase of slaves from the African and Asiatic continents, and the seizure of slaves on their coasts. The first method needs but the single comment, that it went much further than the subjection of the native races enforced by the Portuguese. As regards the second, orders for the buying of slaves had been given in 1614; Coen resolved to carry them out on a large scale. “Divers fleets” were now to be sent to the Coromandel coast, to Madagascar, and to the African seaboard, to purchase as many slaves, especially young people, as could be got. This buying of slaves was to go forward before any other work, to the extent of “many thousands, yea, to an infinite number.”

The third method, by seizure, was to be conducted by a squadron on the Chinese coast. The shore-dwellers, especially the women and children, were to be carried away for the peopling of Batavia, Amboyna, and Banda. “Herein will be a great service done for the Company, and by this means will be found all the charge of the war.” The Chinese slaves might be redeemed for sixty reals (£13 10s.) apiece. “But by no means you must not suffer any women to return to China, or any other part out of the Company’s jurisdiction, but with them to people the same.” As the Dutch supremacy firmly established itself, a fourth system


of recruitment was added, by treaty provisions for a tribute in full-grown slaves.


A typical scene in India

The Dutch industrial system in the East, thus founded on the most rigorous forms of slavery, was eventually softened through successive stages of forced labour. It produced for a time enormous profits. A tropical soil was made to yield as it had never yielded before, and its fruits were monopolized by Holland.

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As respects European rivals, the restrictions which the Anglo-Dutch still imposed on Coen, in January, 1623, were removed by the tragedy of Amboyna in the next month, and by the withdrawal of the English factories from the Spice Archipelago. As regards native competition, the islanders were compelled to root up their clove and nutmeg trees, where they seemed to threaten the profits of the Dutch. The produce of the most fertile regions in the world, cultivated on the severest system of human toil, was secured to the Dutch and to the Dutch alone.

While Coen founded the colonial empire of Holland on the sure basis of the soil, he strengthened it by all the devices of a skilful administration – by a lucrative coasting trade with the African and Asiatic continents, by a great sea commerce with Europe, and by a well-planned system of tolls and local taxation. The rich island empire which he thus projected, he secured by fortresses, built and maintained by the cheap labour of prisoners and slaves. Coen stands out from among all men of European race in the Asia of his day – a statesman of the clearest vision, and an administrator of the firmest hand, half-way between the Portuguese Albuquerque in the sixteenth century and the French Dupleix or the English Warren Hastings, in the eighteenth. But he could not rise above the morals of his time, and his strong personality during a double tenure of office impressed the stamp of a cruel age on the colonial system of his country. His crime, or his misfortune, was that he stereotyped in Dutch India the disregard

for human suffering which brutalized Europe during the Thirty Years’ War.

Holland was the first European country to send a steady supply of really able men to the East, and she supported them by force of arms. James I would not and Charles I could not fight. The English East India Company was still a body of private adventurers for whose benefit Parliament felt by no means eager to go to war. In spite of the long list of lords and gentlemen who swelled the subscription book of the Company, in spite of the outburst of wrath and indignation which the news of Amboyna aroused in London, England had not yet learned to look upon her Indian trade as a national concern. Holland had, and she was willing to make sacrifices and to screen crimes, in order to maintain her position in Asia.


7. The chief contemporary pamphlets on the Amboyna tragedy are six in number.

(i) A True Relation of the Unjust, Cruel, and Barbarous Proceedings against the English at Amboyna. This narrative was “taken out of the depositions of six several English factors “who survived the trial, as delivered on oath before Sir Henry Marten, Judge of. the Admiralty, supplemented by the testimony of Welden, the English chief agent in Banda at the time of the tragedy. The Privy Council in September, 1624, gave their opinion that the relation was justified by the statements of the six witnesses. Calendar of State Papers, East Indies, 1622–1624, par. 620.

(ii) A True Declaration of the Newes that came out of the East Indies, with the Pinace called the ‘‘Hare.” A Dutch pamphlet which appeared anonymously, and was thought by some to be the work of Boreel. The Directors of the Dutch Company denied the authorship, and, on complaint of the English ambassador, the States-General issued a proclamation declaring it to be “a scandalous and senseless libel,” and offering a reward of 400 guilders for the discovery of either the author or the printer.

(iii) An Answer to the Dutch Relation touching the pretended Conspiracy of the English at Amboyna in the Indies, being a reply to No. ii. (the libellous Dutch Declaration) drawn up by the English Company and issued under its authority. These three pamphlets were published together by the Company in 1624 with a preface. A third reprint is dated 1632, and there were several subsequent editions.

(iv) A Remonstrance of the Directors of the Netherlands East India Company presented to the Lords States-General … in defence of the said Company touching the bloody Proceedings against the English Merchants executed at Amboyna.

(v) The Acts of the Council of Amboyna. The official Court Record of the Trial and the confessions of the accused, as presented by the Dutch to the East India Company.

(vi) A Reply to the Defence of the Proceedings of the Dutch against the English at Amboyna. An answer to, and criticism of, Nos. iv. and v. These last three pamphlets were published by authority in London in 1632.

8. Captain Gabriel Towerson; Samuel Colson, factor at Hitto; Emanuel Thomson, assistant at Amboyna; Timothy Johnson, assistant at Amboyna; John Wetheral, factor at Cambello; John Clark, assistant at Hitto; William Griggs, factor at Larica; John Fardo, steward of the House; Abel Price (the drunken barber-surgeon); Robert Brown, tailor.

9. An English writer, who is not a lawyer and who has spent most of his life in the practical duties of Indian administration, should speak with diffidence as to the forms of Dutch procedure in the early seventeenth century. I have, therefore, taken the precaution to consult a Dutch jurist, Dr. Bisschop, who combines accurate historical research with a judicial training. He states, and quotes Dutch legal authorities for his opinion, that in extraordinary proceedings, in which the accused were examined without witnesses first being heard, the confessions of the accused were necessary for conviction, and that torture could be legitimately resorted to in order to obtain such confessions. The Amboyna trial came practically under this category, and the evidence from first to last was obtained by torture. But the Dutch law recognized the danger of a miscarriage of justice arising out of confessions thus wrung forth, and it provided safeguards accordingly. These safeguards were explicit in form and essential to the validity of the proceedings. They were disregarded in the Amboyna trial, although the prosecuting fiscal, in the words of the Dutch Governor-General and Council, “calls himself a lawyer, and was taken into the Company’s service as such


Muhammad Ali became the Sultan of Brunei XII until 1660.
 1626: Production of pepper Banjar greatly increased, so the VOC attempted to gain monopoly pepper, and try to eliminate the incidence in 1612 the Dutch invasion of the sultanate of Banjar. The Netherlands also apologized for his actions robbed the Banjar in cruise ship sultanate of Brunei trade to July 4, 1626. Trading empire Banjar still directed to Cochin China (Veitnam) not to Batavia.
 1634: VOC sent six merchant ships headed to Banjarmasin Londensteijn Gijsbert van, then added a few ships under the command of Antonie and Steven Scop Barentsz. [19]


Oleh karena perubahan waktu dan situasi kerajaan Aceh menetapkan berdirinya Kerajaan deli dan Panglima Gocah Pahlawan ditetapkan sebagai sultan deli Pertama dengan ge;lar Tuanku Panglimah Gocah Pahlawan Laksamana Kuda Bintan dan untuk memperkuat posisinya Panglima Gocah menikahi adik datuk Hitam Sunggal yang bernama Putri nang baluan Beru Surbakti yang sehari-hari tinggal dilingkungan masyarakat sttempat,dengan demikian sedikit demi sedikit terbentuklah suatu adat budaya baru.begitu uga Pemerintahannya bertambah besar denga membesarnya masyarakat.
Sunggal merupakan daerah Batak Kario yang sudah memasuki  Melayu(memeluk agama Islam ) Sebagai hadiah perkawinan ia diangkat sebagai Panglima Kawasan  pesisir Deli oleh kempat Raja urung Batak karo.dan raja Urung sunggal merupakan anggota lembaga datuk yang berempat itu.


Drai Pernikahan Raja deli pertama Panglima Gocah dengan Putri Datuk Hitam Sunggal, lahirlah seorang putra bernama Perunggit Sebelum mangkat Tuanku Panglima Gocah menyerahkan kekuasaan kepada putranya Tuanku Panglima Perungit untuk menjadi sultan.



June 17, 1635 Pearl British ship arrived in Banjarmasin, Tewseling and Gregory.
 1635: 4 September 1635 the Sultan of Banjar is represented by Ratna Syahbandar Goja Babouw Kings held the first commercial contract in Batavia by the Dutch Company is represented by: Hendrik Brouwer, Antonio van Diemen, Jan van der Burgh, Steven Barentszoon. VOCs also helps Banjar to conquer the eastern Kalimantan (Sand). [18]
 1635: Prince Aji ing chances, Duke Sinum Bannerman Martapura Kukar VIII became King until the year 1650. This king conquered the kingdom of Kutai Martadipura.
 1636: Sultanate of Banjar claim areas along the Sambas Karasikan Berau as well as its territory since that time Banjarmasin already has the military capacity to confront the attacks of Mataram.
 1636: The first time the Dutch began to dwell in Banjarmasin as VOC trading office in Banjarmasin established under the leadership of Wollenbrant Gelijnsen. [19]
 1637: Banjarmasin hold peace relations with Mataram. [20]
 1638: Sultan Banjarmasin send envoys to the Sultan of Makassar Makassar and East Kalimantan borrow area as a place of trade. Sultan Muhammad Zainudin moved the capital of the Sultanate Matan Matan kingdoms from the river to the land called the kingdom of Indra Indra Laya Laya.
 1638: Contract Craemer Banjar Sultan refused a request to send pepper to Makassar, came the anti-war Dutch VOC many as 108 people, 21 Japanese were killed, and the lodges were burned and the destruction of VOC VOC ships in Banjarmasin.
 1640: Governor-General Antonio van Diemen VOC ordered that hostilities with the Sultanate of Banjar is stopped and only requires 50,000 as compensation for the real tragedy in 1638.
 1641: Around mid-October 1641 Prince Tapesana and Kiai Narangbaya as Sultan Banja

rmasin envoy arrives in Jepara and its escort of 500 people to deliver gifts to the Sultan Agung – the king of Mataram. [20] [19] [21]
 1641: Inayatullah became Sultan Banjar V until the year 1646

Dutch erected forts and factories on the island of Tatas (now Central Banjarmasin). [22]

Maulana Aji Anom Lions became the ruler Paser until the year 1667.
 1646: Sultan Banjar VI Saidullah be until the year 1660.

: Dutch get a monopoly of pepper Banjarmasin dipasakan to the Sultan. [23]

Prince Aji Dipati ing the Great became King Kukar Martapura IX until year 1665. Amiril Pengiran Tidung Maharajalila I served the King until the year 1695.


Muhammad Dhalik,tuanku Panglima Gocah Pahlawan sulatan deli I meninggal dunia dan digantikan oleh Panglima Perungit sebagai sultan Deli II.


Lahirlah putra sultan Deli II Panglima Perungit yang bernama Panglima Penderap Di aru.

1659: Sultan Muhammad Zainuddin I (Marhum Affairs Laya) ruled the Sultanate Sukadana-Matan (1659-1724). Abdul-Jabbar became the Sultan of Brunei Jalilul XI until the year 1660.
 1660: Sultan Rakyatullah be Banjar VII until 1663, he made a treaty with the VOC December 18, 1660. Brunei Sultan Abdul Mubin become XIII until the year 1673.
 1661: Abdul Mubin Hakkul XIII to become the Sultan of Brunei in 1673. Sukadana-imperial envoy arrived in the Sultanate Matan Banjar to report that Sukadana back into the area of
​​the Sultanate of Banjar pegaruh since earlier in 1638.
 1662: According to Barra in 1662 there were only 12 junks a Malay, English, P
ortuguese and pepper transporting gold to Makassar, while in the Port of Banjarmasin filled with more than 1000 sailboats, both interinsuler trade and inter-continental trade.
 1663: Sultan Sultan Amrullah be Banjar VIII, but he later coup by Sultan Agung to be the Sultan of Banjar IX until year 1679, with the help of tribal Biaju and moved the capital to the River Prince, New York.
 1665: Prince Aji Dipati Maja became King Kusuma ing Martapura Kukar X until the year 1686.


Sultan of Sulu island Balambangan surrender to the British. [24]

I to King Solomon Panembahan Paser until the year 1680. He was the first ruler who holds Panembahan Paser.
 January 21, 1668

: La Mohang Daeng Mangkona whose inhabitants founded the city of Samarinda is known as the Bugis Samarinda Seberang.


Sulatn Deli II Panglima Perungit menikah dengan Raja sukapiring dan  pada tahun ini Perunggit memproklamirkan Deli terpisah dari kerajaan Aceh, beliau memindahkan kerajaan dari sungai lalang ke daerah Padang datar (Medan sekarang),beliau membentuk pasukan berkuda dan


Sultan Muhammad Tajuddin from Sambas reigned until the year 1708.

Sultan Muhammad Syamsudin Sa’idul Khairiwaddien Nata, as the first ruler Sintang wear wear a higher degree of Sultan, ruled until 1737.
 1673: Muhyiddin XIV became the Sultan of Brunei until 1690.

Muhammad Syafeiuddin I to the Sultan of Sambas until 16701675-1685.

Good Amirullah Kusuma ascended the throne back to Emperor Banjar X until the year 1700. Adam Panembahan I became Panembahan Paser until 1705. King Senggauk be Panembahan Mempawah.

Queen’s Court, the first woman to lead the Kutai Kingdom in 1700.
 January 18, 1689:

Spreader Catholicism, Fr. Antonino Ventimiglia arrives at Banjarmasin from Goa, India. [25]
 June 25, 1689:

Portuguese ships under the command of Captain Francesco Luigi Cottigno entering the island area plot in Kapuas district and establishing relationships with the tribe Dayak Ngaju [26].

Nassaruddin became Sultan of Brunei until the year 1705.

Amiril Pengiran Tidung Maharajalila II serving ruler until the year 1731.



Sultan Banjarmasin, Saidilah establish a contract with the UK.

Tuanku Panglima Perungit sultan deli II mangkat dan ,makamnya dijalan raden saleh medan sekarang, dan ia diberi gelar Marhum Kesawan , dan ia digantikan oleh puteranya Tuangku Panglima Penderap sebagai sultan deli III dn beliau memindahkan pusat pemerintahan ke Pulau berayan.

Sultan deli III menikah dengan Tuanku Puan Sempati, dan memiliki 4 putra, wilayah Deli dibagikan kepada Putranya Tuanku Jalaludin gelar Kejuruan Mettar (wilayah Mabar,Pecut dan Tanjung Mulia), Tuanku Umar Johan Alamsyah gelar kejyuruan Nunjongan (wilayah  serdang, dan  Sei Tuan), Tuanku Tawar gelar Kejeruan Satun(Wilayah Denai dan Srbajadi).

 1699: In April, two of the English Captain Henry Watson and Cotesworth instructed to establish factory / warehouse in Yogyakarta. [27]
 1700: Hamidullah became Sultan Banjar XI until the year 1734. Prince Aji Old Dipati XII became the Sultan of Kutai which until the year 1710. In 1700 the war between the Hedgehog and Matan, because the seizure of diamond inheritance Kobi. Hedgehogs assisted by Bantam and VOC, because it then Bantam expressed Hedgehogs and Matan under the power of the Sultanate of Banten.

Major VOC posts and forts in the archipelago, 17th century


The Company’s initial interest was in obtaining spices from Maluku for direct shipment to Europe, and it established a fort in Ambon (Amboina) in 1605. Under the third Governor-General, J.P. Coen, however, the Company’s ambitions began to extend to taking part in trade within Asia. Coen decided that the Company needed a more central base and in 1619 founded a new headquarters, which he called Batavia, in the small trading city of Jayakarta on the northwestern coast of Java. In developing this so-called inter-Asian trade, the VOC made the most both of its capital reserves, which gave it disproportionate power in the market place, and its naval strength, which enabled it to sweep from the seas both pirates and Asian traders it now classified as smugglers because they infringed its monopolies.


The VOC’s interests in Indonesia were only part of its Asian empire. The Company had major trading operations in India and was the only European power permitted to trade in Japan. It came to control the islands of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Formosa (now Taiwan), as well as a significant territory at the Cape of Good Hope. Most of the Company’s territories were ruled by governors subordinate to the Governor-General in Batavia; the gouvernement of Java’s Northeast Coast, therefore, was no more directly monitored from Batavia than was the distant Cape settlement. Even within the VOC structure, therefore, the ‘Netherlands Indies’, as a precursor to modern Indonesia, had no formal existence.


Banda under Dutch rule



The british had ben forced out of the cosmopolitan peper trading fort at banten near present day serang in 1648, but the were determinet to break the dutch  monopoly.

VOC territories and trading posts in Asia, 1650


The naval commercial power of the VOC, especially in an island region such as Indonesia, meant that the Company could pursue its interests on many fronts, but its two most important adversaries in the period to 1800 were Makasar and Mataram. Makasar, the main port in southern Sulawesi, became a major centre for the ‘smuggling’ trade which defied the Dutch monopoly until it succumbed to the Dutch and allied indigenous forces in a three-year war ending in 1669.

Coen had placed his headquarters on Java some distance from the rising central Java power of Mataram, but the two quickly came into conflict. In 1628 and 1629 forces from Mataram attacked Batavia but were repulsed. Thereafter, it was the Company which harassed Mataram, both deliberately circumscribing its power and finding itself drawn into civil wars and political conflicts within Mataram to defend its own interests. Following its participation in the defeat of Trunojoyo in 1678–1681, the VOC was a permanent element in Javanese politics and the Company gradually moved from being a maritime trading power to managing a territorial empire on Java. The Company’s administrative structure, however, continued to resemble that of a trading company, with officials below the level of governor holding mercantile titles and retaining principal responsibility for commercial matters along with administration

Sumatra, first half of 17th century

The successors of Sultan Iskandar Muda were unable to maintain the empire he had created and in the middle of the 17th century, the Acehnese empire began to contract. Within Aceh, moreover, royal power dwindled in the hinterland with the rise of powerful regional warlords or uleëbalang. Although Aceh remained independent, it was never again a major power.

Meanwhile, Aceh’s main rival, Johor, was also in decline. From the north, the aggressive Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya had turned Kedah into a vassal, requiring its ruler to send as tribute an intricate gold and silver tree (bunga mas dan perak). Johor was also under pressure from the south. From the middle of the 17th century, the pepper kingdoms of Jambi and Palembang had grown increasingly independent of their Javanese overlords and had begun to develop close relations with the VOC. Palembang soon fell out with the VOC, which sent forces to destroy its capital in 1659, but Jambi continued to prosper, repudiating Mataram’s overlordship in 1663. By 1673, Jambi was powerful enough to attack Johor and to destroy its capital utterly. Johor’s rulers then shifted their court once again into the islands for fifteen years. The final blow to Johor’s standing came in 1699, with the assassination of the brutal Sultan Mahmud, which broke Johor’s dynastic link with the prestige of the Melaka sultanate.

The decline of Aceh and Johor gave new opportunities to the Minangkabau peoples of central Sumatra. Siak on the Sumatra coast opposite Johor, Indrapura on the west coast, and the small Minangkabau communities of Sungai Ujung and Rembau near Melaka all became virtually independent in this era.

Sumatra and the Malay peninsula, 17th century


After Iskandar’s death in 1636,

Acehnese influence began to contract, partly because Johor had found a new ally in the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC).





The two joined forces in 1641

to drive the Portuguese from Melaka, and the Dutch then brokered a peace between Johor and Aceh which allowed Johor to recover its influence in Pahang.

In southern Sumatra,

the arrival of Portuguese and later other European traders stimulated a massive expansion in the production of pepper.

The most southerly pepper-producing region of Lampung was conquered by the western Java state of Banten in the second half of the 16th century and Banten’s influence also stretched up the west coast as far as Bengkulu



Under a tropical sun these almost stagnant waters, soaking into-the soft soil, produced malaria, and the city came to be regarded as the graveyard of Europeans; the wealthy classes took up their residence in the suburbs which formed the new town on the heights of Weltevreden, whither the government offices were removed. Within a few years canals have been filled up and drainage introduced, so that the city is considered tolerably healthy. The thermometer ranges from 65° to 90°. The old town is mainly inhabited by natives and the poorer Chinese. The city has a bank and a newspaper, and has recently been connected with Singapore by a telegraphic cable 600 m. long. Among the principal public buildings are the Lutheran church, military hospital, and exchange. – Batavia occupies the site of the former native city of Jacatra, which was seized in 1619 by the Dutch governor Jan Pieterszoon Koen, the Dutch having a few years before set up a factory here. The capital of the Dutch possessions in India was now removed from Amboyna to this place. In 1628-’9 the allied sovereigns of Bantam, Jacatra. and Mataram twice besieged the new city, with an army of 100,000 men, but were repulsed.

In 1641 there was a revolt of the Chinese population, of whom 12,000 were massacred by order of the governor, Adriaan Valckenaer. In 1811 it was captured by the English, but was restored to the Dutch after the peace.





When the kingdom was ruled by Raden Sumedang bans Suriadiwangsa, stepchild Geusan Ulun of RTU Harisbaya, Sumedanglarang into Mataram territory since 1620. Since then the status Sumedanglarang any changes from the kingdom into districts under the name Sumedang District. Mataram make Priangan as a region in western defenses against possible attacks Banten forces, and or Company based in Batavia, because of Mataram under Sultan Agung (1613-1645) hostile to the Company and the conflict with the Sultanate of Banten.




To oversee the Priangan, Sultan Agung lift Raden Aria Suradiwangsa be Wedana Regent (Regent Chief) in Priangan (1620-1624), with the title of Prince Rangga Gempol Kusumadinata, known as Rangga Gempol I.

In 1624 the great Emperor ordered Rangga Gempol I to conquer the Sampang (Madura). Therefore, the position represented Regent Wedana Priangan of younger princes Rangga Gempol I Dipati Rangga Gede. Shortly after Prince Dipati Rangga Gede served as Regent Wedana, Sumedang attacked by forces of Banten. Since most forces left Sumedang Sampang, Prince Dipati Rangga Gede unable to cope with the attack. As a result, he received a political sanction of Sultan Agung. Prince Dipati Rangga Gede held in Mataram. Regent Position Wedana Priangan submitted to Dipati Ukur, provided that he should be able to seize power Batavia of the Company.

Sultan Agung in 1628 ordered Dipati Ukur to help troops attacked the Mataram Company in Batavia. But the attack failed. Dipati Ukur realize that as a consequence of the failure that he will receive punishment similar to that received by Prince Dipati Rangga big, or a heavier punishment again. Therefore Dipati Ukur and their followers to rebel against Mataram. After the attacks on the Company fails, they do not come to Mataram report the failure of his duty. Dipati Ukur actions were considered by the party as a rebellion against the rulers of Mataram kingdom of Mataram.

Dipati Ukur occurrence of insubordination and his followers made possible, partly because of the Mataram difficult to monitor directly Priangan region, due to the distance between the center of Mataram Kingdom with regional Priangan. Theoretically, if the area is very far from the centers of power, the power center in the region are very weak. However, thanks to the assistance some areas in Priangan Head, Mataram party to quell the rebellion finally Dipati Ukur. According to Soil History (Chronicle), Dipati Ukur caught on Mount Barn (Bandung district) in the year 1632.

After the “rebellion” Dipati Ukur deemed concluded, Sultan Agung handed back office to the Prince Regent Wedana Priangan Dipati Rangga Gede who has been free from punishment. In addition, reorganization of government in Priangan to stabilize the situation and condition of the area. Priangan area outside Sumedang and Galuh divided into three districts, namely Bandung District, County and District Parakanmuncang Sukapura raised by three regional heads of Priangan which is considered to have contributed to quell the rebellion Dipati Ukur.

Third person referred to is the regional head Astamanggala Ki, was appointed head nurse pennant Cihaurbeuti great (regent) of Bandung with a degree Tumenggung Wiraangunangun, Tanubaya as regent Parakanmuncang and Ngabehi Wirawangsa became regent Sukapura with Wiradadaha Tumenggung title. The three men were sworn in together on the basis “Piagem Sultan Agung”, issued on Saturday the 9th of Muharam Year Alip (Javanese calendar). Thus, on 9 Muharam Taun Alip not just an anniversary of Bandung Kabupagten but at the same time as the anniversary Sukapura District and County Parakanmuncang.



Bandung 1800



The establishment of Bandung regency, means in Bandung area changes occur mainly in the areas of government. The area originally was part (subordinate) of the kingdom (the Kingdom of Sunda-Pajararan then Sumedanglarang) with an unclear status, turned into a region with a clear administrative sttus, namely district.

After the third regent appointed Mataram in central government, they return to their respective regions. Sadjarah Bandung (manuscript) states that the Regent of Bandung Tumeggung Wiraangunangun along with his followers from returning to the Tatar Ukur Mataram. The first time they come to Timbanganten. Where the regent of Bandung get 200 count.

Next Tumenanggung Wiraangunangun together people build Krapyak, a place located on the shores near the mouth of the Citarum River Sungat Cikapundung, (suburb of the southern part of Bandung Regency) as the district capital. As the central area of ​​Bandung regency, Krapyak and the surrounding area called Earth chick Gede.

Bandung District administrative area under the influence of Mataram (until the end of the 17th century), not known for sure, because accurate source that contains data about it is not / has not been found. According to native sources, the early stages of data covering several areas of Bandung regency, among others, Tatar Ukur, including area Timbanganten, Kuripan, Sagaraherang, and partly Tanahmedang.

Perhaps, the area outside the District Priangan Sumedang, Parakanmuncang, Sukapura and Galuh, which originally was Tatar territory Measure (Measure Sasanga) in the reign of Dipati Ukur, an administrative area of ​​Bandung regency at that time. If the allegations are true, then the capital of Bandung regency with Krapyak, its territory includes the area Timbanganten, Gandasoli, Adiarsa, Cabangbungin, Banjaran, Cipeujeuh, Majalaya, Cisondari, cavities, Kopo, Ujungberung and others, including area Kuripan, Sagaraherang and Tanahmedang.



Bandung regency as one of the district which formed the Kingdom of Mataram, and under the influence of royal authority, the system of government in Bandung Regency has a system of government of Mataram. Regent has a variety of symbols greatness, special guards and armed soldiers. Symbol and attributes it adds a big and strong power and influence over his people Bupti.

The amount of power and influence of the regents, among others, indicated by the possession of the privileges normally dmiliki by the king. These rights are the rights referred to inherit the position, only to collect taxes in money and goods, ha obtained a labor (Ngawula), hunting and fishing rights and the right to prosecute.




With very limited direct supervision of the rulers of Mataram, it is no wonder if that time Regent of Bandung in particular and generally Priangan Regents ruling like a king. He ruled over the people and regions. Pemerinatahn System regent and lifestyle is miniature of palace life. In performing its duties, the regent assisted by his subordinate officials, such as governor, prosecutors, rulers, village headman or chief cutak (head of district), district (chief assistant district), patinggi (headman or village leader) and others.

Bandung regency under the influence of the Mataram until the end of 1677. Then Bandung regency in the hands of the Company. This It occurs due to Mataram-VOC agreement (first agreement) December 19 to 20 October 1677. Under the authority of the Company (1677-1799), Regent of Bandung and other Regents Priangan still serves as the supreme ruler of the district, with no bureaucratic ties with the Company.



District government system basically does not have changes, because the Company only demanded that the regents recognize the power of the Company, with a guarantee to sell certain products of the earth to the VOC. In this case, the regents must not engage in political relations and trade with other parties. One thing that changed was the office of regent Wedana removed. Instead, the Company raised Prince Aria Cirebon as a supervisor (opzigter) area of ​​Cirebon-Priangan (Cheribonsche Preangerlandan).

One of the main obligations of the regents of the Company is obliged to carry out the planting of certain crops, especially coffee, and deliver results. The system is called Preangerstelsel compulsory planting. Meanwhile, the regents must maintain security and order in his territory. Regents also must not appoint or dismiss employees without consideration of subordinates regent regent ruler of the Company or the Company in Cirebon. For the regents to implement obligations of the latter well, the influence of the regent in the field of religion, including income from that field, such as the penis nature, are not bothered whether the regents and the people (farmers) get paid upon delivery of a large coffee determined by the Company.

Until the end of the power of VOC-VOC end in 1779, Bandung regency capital is Krapyak. During the Bandung regency ruled for generations by the six regents. Tumenggung Wiraangunangun (the first regent) ankatan Mataram who ruled until 1681. Five other regents are force the regents of the Company namely Tumenggung Ardikusumah who ruled in 1681-1704, Tumenggung Anggadireja I (1704-1747), Tumenggung Anggadireja II (1747-1763), R. Anggadireja III with a degree of RA Wiranatakusumah I (1763-1794) and RA Wiranatakusumah II who ruled from 1794 until 1829. In the reign of regents RA Wiranatakusumah II, moved the capital of Bandung Regency from Karapyak to the city of Bandung.

In 1613,

prince Rangsang became king of Mataram

Mataram Sultanate


The Sultanate of Mataram was the last major independent Javanese empire on Java before the island was colonized by the Dutch. It was the dominant political force in interior Central Java from the late 16th century until the beginning of the 18th century….

in Central Java. The following year, he attacked the principality of Surabaya



Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 2.7 million , and the capital of the province of East Java…

in the east. The man who would be remembered as Sultan Agung had started a series of successful campaigns against rival kingdoms and principalities on Java.

In 1625,

in addition to Central Java, Mataram was in control of central and eastern parts of the island’s northern coast, called the Pasisir. Now Agung wanted to take on Banten and Batavia.


Agung launched a first offensive on Batavia in 1628. Having suffered heavy losses, he had to retreat. he launched a second offensive in 1629. The Dutch fleet destroyed his supplies and his ships in the harbours of Cirebon



Cirebon is a port city on the north coast of the Indonesian island of Java. It is located in the province of West Java near the provincial border with Central Java, approximately 297 km east of Jakarta, at .The seat of a former Sultanate, the city’s West and Central Java border location have…

and Tegal


Tegal is the largest city in the Tegal Regency, Indonesia. It is located on the north coast of Central Java about from Cirebon. Slawi, about to the south, is its suburb….

. Mataram troops, starving and decimated by illness, had to retreat again.

However, Agung pursued his conquering ambitions to the east. He attacked Blitar


Blitar is a city and also the capital of the regency of the same name on East Java, Indonesia, about 73 kilometers from Malang and 167 kilometers from Surabaya. The area lies within longitude 111° 40′ – 112° 09′ East and its latitude is 8° 06′ South…

, Panarukan and the Blambangan principality in Java’s eastern salient, a vassal of the Bali


Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country’s 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island….

nese kingdom of Gelgel


Gelgel may refer to:*Gelgel, Chad, a city in Chad*Gelgel, Indonesia, a village on the island of Bali, and a former kingdom…

. Agung died in 1646. His son succeeded him under the title of Susuhunan

Sunan (Indonesian title)

Sunan is the shorter version of “Susuhunan”, both used as an honourific in Java Indonesia.According to Hamka in his book Dari Perbendaharaan Lama the word derived from a Javanese word for position of hands in reverential salutation, done with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers……

outside the city walls


Batavia 1656

Despite the terrible rendering of online translation of Dutch, I’m fairly confident all four images above relate to the Java region of Indonesia and are all* the first three are approximately from the second half of the 17th 18th century [*see the comments at the end of the post]. They are spliced screencaps from a new cartographic database of several hundred images relating to the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The collection consists mostly of maps (of course) – many fort outlines and lots of interesting and artistic map sketches – but there are the occasional scenic watercolour pictures as well.  From the ‘Collectie/Archief’ drop down menu, select ‘Kaarten van de VOC’, change the number of thumbnails you want to display per page down the bottom and then hit ‘zoek’. It’s all easy.


Makasar empire before 1667

Pre-colonial records are even sparser for eastern Indonesia than they are for Sulawesi, and only the sketchiest outline can be given of the region’s history before the 17th century.

The islands of Maluku had supplied cloves to other parts of the world since at least 1700 B.C., according to archaeological evidence from the Middle East, and they were also the only source of nutmeg. The small islands with their narrow coastal plains, however, could only sustain a relatively small population, and there appear to have been no large polities in the region before the 15th century, when the tiny clove-producing islands of Ternate and Tidore began to emerge as major political centres. Except in Sula, Buru, Ambon and Seram, where Ternatean aristocrats ruled directly, both empires operated as a network of alliances and vassalages, rather than as tightly ruled polities, and there was considerable ebb and flow in the degree of authority that each exercised. Ternate reached the peak of its power in the late 16th century under the warlike Sultan Baabullah.



17th Century.


Under Dutch naval hegemony from the 1600s, Javanese cloth exports persisted, and then rose sharply and continuously from the 1680s. South eastern Sumatra emerged as the main market, but Borneo and the Straits of Melaka also increased their purchases, fivefold in the case of Javanese cloth despatched from Semarang between 1720 and the mid-1770s. (Nagtegaal 1996: 135-6)


In the case of south eastern Sumatra, Javanese cloth was soon joined by that of Madura and Bali, and then by that of Thailand and Cambodia. By 1691 a Dutch envoy to Palembang declared that most men, from sultan to peddler, were dressed in imported Southeast Asian cloth, although the ladies of the court remained loyal to Indian materials. Nevertheless, imports of Indian stuffs declined sharply. This was despite Palembang’s booming economy, fuelled by profits from Bangka tin. (Andaya 1989: 40-1) Glum VOC officials blamed shifts in fashion, reporting that the Javanese increasingly favoured their own ‘painted cloth.’ (Andaya 1989: 40; Nagtegaal 1996: 135-6, 149)

Barbara Andaya attributes this commercial revolution to the rising prices of Indian textiles, combined with falling prices for Sumatran pepper. Demand from Europe and the Atlantic world pushed up cloth prices in India, and the Dutch East India Company [VOC] monopoly over trade from India made matters worse. Although it is hard to compare prices of different qualities, Javanese cloth may only have been one quarter to one eighth as expensive as its Indian equivalents in Sumatra. However, she also states that the rise in Indian prices only began in the 1690s, a decade too late for this explanation to be truly convincing. Moreover, it is far from clear that overall income from pepper in Sumatra was falling, even if nominal prices were, and she notes that tin revenues were buoyant. (Andaya 1989: 38-9)

Supply factors and product innovation also need to be taken into consideration. A Dutch source of 1688 wrote of the virtual halving of the price of raw cotton in Java, although it is unclear why this was, or whether it was permanent. More attractive is Luc Nagtegaal’s argument that Chinese traders began to extend credit to peasant families, in return for guaranteed deliveries of yarn and cloth. (Nagtegaal 1996: 135, 149) Kenneth Hall further suggests that novel production techniques were introduced for batik around this time, albeit without specifying what they were. (Hall 1996: 120) The rise of batik certainly contributed to the surge


in exports from Java, although it is not clear in what proportion. (Andaya 1989: 40-1; Nagtegaal 1996: 135-6) The Dutch first appear to have recorded batik exports from Batavia [Jakarta] in 1641, destined for Bengkulu in southwestern Sumatra, and batik soon became a fixture in the island’s trade. (Kerlogue 2004: 17-18; Hitchcock 1991: 23, 94)

Detailed Javanese port statistics from 1774-77 provide a glimpse into the comparative significance of Indian and local cloth in Batavia’s trade. The figures show an annual average of some 70,000 pieces of Indian cloth entering Batavia, compared to 13,000 for Bali and 6,000 for Java. The latter, probably batik, came mainly from Semarang, with Surabaya next in line. Smaller quantities were obtained from Tegal and Pekalongan, as well as Sumenep on the island of Madura. Re-exports were mainly to Sumatra and Borneo. The average price of a Javanese piece was a quarter to a third of one from India. (Knaap 1996: 131-3)

Much Javanese yarn found its way to India and Europe. Initially, the VOC sent this product to India for weaving and dyeing. (Nagtegall 1996: 136) In the eighteenth century, the VOC obtained increasing amounts of cotton yarn, often presented as tribute or tax. The finest product came from East Java, and it went to Dutch industries, together with South Asian yarns. (Matsuo 1970: 1-3) This was probably because Dutch industries experienced great difficulties in spinning strong enough warp threads to weave pure cotton cloth, and thus fell back on linen warps and made fustians. (Kraan 1998: 8)

Although Javanese exports fell away as machine-made cloths flooded in from the early nineteenth century, they never entirely ceased. There was still a vigorous local trade in Javanese batik in the 1820s, with Pekalongan, famous for its indigo, one of the main sources for Batavia and Banten. (Enk 1999: 242) In 1834-35, cotton cloth made in Java was sold in Yemen, possibly by pilgrims on their way to Jiddah. (Baldry 1982: 51; Maznah 1996: 89, 102) Small exports of Javanese cloth were recorded in 1858. (Oorschot 1956: 16) Batik proved especially buoyant,


stimulated by imports of cheap machine-made cambric and aniline dyes, and conserving a regional market in the Indian Ocean. (Matsuo 1970: 80-6; Boomgaard 1989: 127-8)

The trading sphere of other Southeast Asian textiles

In the course of the seventeenth century, a powerful new exporter of cloth suddenly arose in South Sulawesi. Makassarese and Bugis traders and shippers, themselves new to long-distance shipping, initially employed the cloth to buy spices in the Moluccas, and then gradually spread it around the whole ‘Malay world,’ including the Philippines. (Reid 1988: 94-5; Heersink 1999: 12-13, 46-50) In 1785, large amounts of South Sulawesi’s checked cloth went ‘to all Malay countries.’ (Pelras 1996: 242) Cotton sarung cloth from this area found a ready market in East Sumatra in 1823. (Anderson 1971: 206, 247, 265)

Sumatra and Malaya drove an intense sea-borne commerce in their own textiles, centred on the Straits of Melaka. Among the imports of East Sumatra in 1823 were ‘a variety of silk and cotton cloths’ from Aceh to the north, including trousers. ‘Rich gold wrought cloths’ came from Palembang and eastern Malaya, and enigmatically labelled ‘coast blue cloths’ appeared. At the same time, East Sumatra exported its own cloth, notably elegant scarves and turbans, within these waters. (Anderson 1971: 206, 247, 265, 312, 354) The internal textile trade of this great island was also very active, with cottons woven in the highlands coming down to the coast. (Dobbin 1977: 19)

Falling imports of Indian cloth into the Malayan peninsula from the eighteenth century provided new opportunities for ‘Malay piece-goods,’ a term for cottons made throughout the peninsula and the archipelago. In 1835, they accounted for 6% of the value of imports in this category into Singapore, the new great entrepôt of Southeast Asia, rising to 11% in 1836, despite the influx of British stuffs. (Maznah 1996: 79-81)


Cottons were exported on a minor scale when the Spaniards began to colonise the Philippines from the late sixteenth century. (Reid 1988: 91; McCoy 1982: 301). However, exports only really took off in the mid-eighteenth century, with the phenomenal success of Panay cloth. Chinese Mestizo merchants were so successful in marketing this product that Iloilo became a boom town, sucking in migrants from far and wide. Weekly fairs were held in settlements around the port of Iloilo to collect cloths to send across the waters. As late as 1855, they accounted for over half the value of Iloilo’s exports, and were sold as far afield as Europe and the Americas. (McCoy 1982: 301-3) Other Visayan cloth had more restricted markets, but was exported to the Palau islands of the South Pacific. In contrast, Ilocos cottons were typically exported overland, especially to the Animists of highland Luzon. (Mallat 1983: 143, 188)

Chinese traders probably purchased Vietnamese cotton yarn and cloth from around the thirteenth century, but the main early modern textile export to China and Japan was raw silk. (Reid 1988: 91, 93) Indeed, Tonkin silk was so cheap that shipping it to ‘secluded’ Japan was for a time one of the most profitable ventures of the VOC. As for cotton cloth, Animists of the southern uplands sent it to the coastal plain. (Li 1998: 66-7, 73-5, 122; Li and Reid 1993: 31, 111)

Sea-borne exports of cottons came more from Thailand and Cambodia. ‘Cheap coarse Siamese cloth for the poor people’ was already shipped on a fair scale to Melaka in the 1510s. (Pires 1944: 108) From the 1680s to the 1760s, woven cotton cloth from Cambodia and Thailand undersold Indian textiles in South Sumatra. (Andaya 1989: 41; Green 2003: 44)

Central Burma’s raw cotton was in plentiful supply, and Reid writes that some yarn was exported overland to Yunnan by the late eighteenth century. (Reid 1988: 91) However, ginned raw cotton made up the bulk of cargoes carried by equids and oxen to Yunnan, and Lieberman only


surmises that Burmese yarn or cloth also took this route at this time. (Lieberman 2003: 145, 170, 172)

The trading sphere of Middle Eastern textiles

Persia was the greatest single Middle Eastern exporter of textiles, with silk, the empire’s staple, much in demand in Western Europe. (Ferrier 1996: 173-4) Eighteenth-century political turmoil gravely affected the economy, but exports of silk, cottons, and woollens persisted, especially to Russia, Inner Asia, and the Ottoman empire. (Issawi 1966: 33, 136; Issawi 1971: 264-5, 267) Russia also took considerable amounts of cotton yarn, with 1,500 mule loads destined for Astrakhan in 1848 alone. (Issawi 1971: 264, 267) There were even small silk exports to India around 1800. (Issawi 1971: 269)

Among the stuffs leaving the Ottoman heartlands of Anatolia and the Balkans, cottons gradually overtook silks. In part, this may have reflected re-exports of Indian cottons, coming via Iraq. (Kelly 1968: 36-7; Issawi 1966: 136) However, Istanbul certainly exported significant quantities of its own cotton cloth and yarns to France in the second half of the eighteenth century, despite French protectionist duties, whereas imports from France were negligible. Silks and woollens went in both directions without a clear pattern of dominance, although French woollens consisted of cloth, and Turkish ones of carpets. Moreover, a flourishing export business arose in late eighteenth-century Thessaly, where local cotton yarn was dyed and exported to the Austrian empire and German-speaking lands. (Issawi 1966: 41, 48-9) The more general rise of a Balkan cotton textile industry in the eighteenth century stimulated Ottoman exports around the Black Sea. (Braudel 1981-84: III, 477)

In the early sixteenth century, Greater Syria mainly exported cotton cloth to Egypt, with the white stuffs of Baalbek to the fore. (Lamm 1937: 230) Incorporation in the Ottoman empire then opened new markets in


Anatolia and the Hijaz. (Issawi 1988: 66, 373) By the late eighteenth century, direct exports to Europe were also on some scale, including cotton cloth and yarn, and much raw cotton. In 1784, the French in Sidon ‘have one or two agents who buy cotton yarn every Monday or Tuesday,’ and the same used to be true of Acre before the Pasha attempted to corner the market. Smaller amounts of mainly raw silk also went to Europe, which sent woollens in return. (Issawi 1966: 33, 219)

Egypt acted as an entrepôt for textiles, including cottons from India, Syria, Istanbul and Bursa, which makes it hard to know where certain stuffs were made. (Raymond 1973-74: I, 135-6, 173, 180) Thus, Alexandria exported ‘rough cotton piece goods used by Negroes in the West Indies’ in 1784, but their place of manufacture was not stated. (Issawi 1966: 33-4). Over the eighteenth century as a whole, the bulk of cottons and linens destined from Europe came from Egyptian looms, in a ratio of around two thirds cottons to one third linens. Proportions were similar in exports to the Red Sea and Sub-Saharan Africa, but reversed in the case of Istanbul and the Maghrib. About a fifth of imported European woollens were re-exported to the Hijaz. (Raymond 1973-74: I, 131, 161, 180-3, 186, 192; Issawi 1966: 475-6)

Yemen’s function as an entrepôt at the other end of the Red Sea entails similar problems, though re-exports were clearly more significant than in Egypt. There was a marked decline in Yemeni cottons sent up the Red Sea to Egypt from around 1250, due to competition from Indian goods, even if a small flow persisted into the nineteenth century. (Baldry 1982: 22-3, 41-2, 45-50, 53; Otavsky et al. 1995: 26) In the 1510s, coloured woollens were mentioned first on a list of commodities going from Aden to India, apparently a complex mix of local, Egyptian and European products. (Pires 1944: 12-13, 17, 269)

Further east, the Portuguese looted a cargo of Hadhrami black cloth in the harbour of al-Shihr in 1533-34. (Baldry 1982: 42) In 1774, Hadhramaut exported cloth to Yemen. (Issawi 1966: 306) Oman may


have been supplying Indian Ocean markets since its rise to regional naval hegemony in the seventeenth century, and Omani cloth still went to Somalia in the 1840s. (Bhacker 1992: 133; Guillain 1856-57: II, 535) Bahrayn, specialising in making sail-cloth with imported Indian raw cotton, exported small amounts of coarse cloth to Persia in the 1790s. (Issawi 1971: 264; Issawi 1988: 182)

The trading sphere of East African and Malagasy textiles

The Benadir coast of Somalia had an ancient reputation as an exporter of cotton textiles. Back in the fourteenth century, Ibn Battuta noted that the ‘unequalled’ cloth of Mogadishu was exported ‘to Egypt and elsewhere.’ (Gibb 1962: 374) In the 1840s, with competition from American cloth rising, Mogadishu’s plain white cloth still regularly reached as far down the coast as Mombasa, and occasionally to Zanzibar and other Indian Ocean locations (Guillain 1856-57: II, 532, and III, 323; Reese 1996: 95-6) However, by this time the greatest market for Somali cloth lay inland in the Horn, especially among the Oromo people. (Alpers 1983: 85-6)

The Kirimba islands’ indigo-dyed milwani cloth sold over wide swathes of East Africa in the sixteenth century. It was part of the ‘cloth of the land’ that Portuguese traders in Mozambique Island purchased for their commercial operations, and it appears to have been the staple of Comorian traders. (Prestholdt 1998: 27-30; Newitt 1995: 28, 189-90) However, this cloth disappeared from view in the course of the seventeenth century, possibly because of Indian competition. (Newitt 1995: 190-2) Gondo cotton sail-cloth of Sofala, also purchased by Portuguese traders, was taken up the coast into Zambezia, a trade that persisted throughout the early modern period. (Machado 2005: 110; Newitt 1995: 28).


Machira from the lower Zambezi was even more successful. Well into the nineteenth century, this un-dyed homespun was widely traded along the coast and far inland, more than holding its own against Gujarati competition. (Alpers 1975: 25; Mudenge 1988: 187; Isaacman 1972: 66, 73-5; Pearson 1998: 122; Rita-Ferreira 1999: 117-18) Portuguese traders sought to gain supplies of machira to exchange for gold dust, and the cloth may have been taken by sea to Mozambique island. (Newitt 1995: 28, 78, 214; Alpers 1975: 55)

Indeed, sales of machira rose markedly in the eighteenth century. (Machado 2005: 110; Mudenge 1988: 187; Bhila 1982: 122, 131; Lobato 1957: 241-2; Isaacman 1972: 73-5) On the basis of some isolated tax figures, Rita-Ferreira suggests that the cost of this cloth roughly halved between the seventeenth and the eighteenth century. (Rita-Ferreira 1999: 118) He sees this as a negative consequence of Indian competition, but as the market for machiras remained buoyant, it suggests improved, if unexplained, productivity.

Madagascar’s cloth was exported to Yemen up to the thirteenth century, and was sought after by Portuguese traders in the sixteenth century. (Baldry 1982: 17; Newitt 1995: 28) It not clear whether exports to the Middle East and East Africa persisted, but Malagasy cloth found its way, in European vessels, to newly settled Mauritius from the seventeenth century. Internally, moreover, there was active commerce, with fibres sent up to the plateau, woven, and sold back to coastal areas. (Larson 2000: 50-7; Fee 2005: 94, 98)

Government attempts to restrict or encourage local industries

European thalassocracies sometimes tried to restrict local textiles, in order to reap fiscal advantages from sales of Indian fabrics. Thus, to sell more South Asian cloth in West Sumatra, the VOC long tried to discourage local manufacturing. (Dobbin 1977: 18) From the 1660s, the


VOC banned the planting of cotton in West Sumatra’s coastal strip, although the effectiveness of this prohibition is open to considerable doubt. Weaving was certainly flourishing again by the late eighteenth century, by which time the VOC was fatally wounded and short of cloth supplies. (Oki 1979: 148; Dobbin 1977: 18-19)

Caught off guard by the inroads made by Javanese and local cloth in South Sumatra from the 1680s, the VOC responded heavy-handedly. The Dutch first proclaimed that they were extending their monopoly over cloth imports from India to Javanese textiles, in 1681 for Palembang, and two years later for Jambi. However, this proved unworkable. In the 1730s, they turned their fire on local Sumatran producers by ‘persuading’ the sultans of Palembang and Jambi to order that all cotton shrubs in the hinterland should be destroyed. This was equally ineffective. The VOC therefore decided in 1770 that it would at least cut out Thai and Cambodian textiles, to favour its own sphere of influence in Java, imposing a ban on private trade north of Melaka. (Andaya 1989: 38-41)

In Java itself, the Dutch saw batik as the main danger to profits derived from Indian imports. In 1684, they therefore commissioned Coromandel weavers to copy Javanese batik, but the product turned out to be five times as expensive and not as good. Two years later, the VOC toyed with the idea of prohibiting imports of beeswax, essential to make batik, but soon realised that this would be impossible to enforce. (Nagtegaal 1996: 136)

On the other side of the ocean, the Portuguese authorities in Mozambique were worried that the growing popularity of machiras was undermining revenues from Indian imports. In 1750, the Junta do Comercio thus suggested banning the cultivation of cotton in Zambezia, but this was wisely judged to be impractical. In 1753, the authorities came up with an even more hare-brained scheme, whereby they would buy up all available raw cotton and sell it in India and China. (Lobato 1957: 241-


2; Machado 2005: 110) In the event, the Portuguese proved quite incapable of stifling production of machira cloth. (Mudenge 1988: 187)

Only the Spaniards tried to stimulate local output of textiles, and that briefly. General Ricafort in the Philippines ordered that ‘troops be dressed only in the cloths manufactured in this country.’ His order was obeyed in 1826-27, but lapsed thereafter, perhaps because he moved elsewhere. (Mallat 1983: 143)

Attempts to favour the local production of textiles were more typically undertaken by large independent states in the Middle East. A growing influx of Indian cottons caused a worrying ‘drain’ of silver to South Asia, so that rulers began to encourage cotton industries. Shah Abbas I [r.1587-1629] promoted cotton cultivation in Persia, and protected artisan guilds in his new capital of Isfahan. (Baker 1995: 108-10, 120-1, 135-6, 160)

Ottoman sultans similarly sought to stimulate the use of cotton from the seventeenth century, partly to meet the army’s needs for uniforms and the navy’s requirements for sails. (Baker 1995: 101-3) The Ottoman state temporarily withdrew from all forms of direct artisanal production in 1709, but it provided interest-free credit and tax holidays, secured raw materials, and encouraged the settlement of artisans. The one thing it would not do, however, was to provide tariff protection, as that contradicted the ruler’s Islamic obligation to keep prices low for his subjects. (Ihsanoglu 2004: X, 57-9)

Appropriate technology

European sources are littered with derogatory references to ‘primitive’ textile technologies, and such comments have all too often been uncritically repeated by later scholars. In reality, simple and elegant techniques were cheap and well adapted to local resource endowments.


In other words, they were as much the secret of success as the cause of failure.

The spinning wheel is thought to have appeared in India in the second half of the first millennium CE, and diffused from there. (Weibel 1952: 14) References to early modern wheels come from all over the Indian Ocean periphery, but it is difficult to get a sense of when, and to what extent, the wheel displaced the spindle, which long persisted in many places. (Raffles 1817: I, 168; Hall 1996: 99; Hunter 1968: 81; Pankhurst 1968: 258; Weir 1970: 8)

The evolution of looms, almost always made of perishable wood or bamboo, is only a little easier to trace. Body-tension looms, often called backstrap looms, were probably the most ancient form in Southeast Asia. They were pictured on a Yunnan bronze from Han times, described by a Chinese pilgrim in late thirteenth century Cambodia, and appeared in Javanese carvings of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Cheap to make and easy to store, such looms were well adapted to part-time home weaving. The oldest forms probably had a continuous warp arrangement, turning out tubular cloth for sarung, and they remained popular in sparsely peopled upland zones. (Fraser-Lu 1988: 33-5; Hitchcock 1991: 53-64; Pelras 1996: 243-4; Green 2003: 59-60)

By 1800, some Southeast Asians wove on horizontal frame looms, which were situated on or above ground level, and had two heddles worked by treadles. More expensive and taking up more space, they were also more productive, enabling full-time weavers to weave wider cloths. Some were solid affairs, but minimalist versions also appeared in the remote highlands of Mainland Southeast Asia. (Fraser-Lu 1988: 36-9; Hitchcock 1991: 65-71; Green 2003: 60-7) The pit looms of India, with the treadles below the ground, were not found. (Raffles 1817: I, 168)

The Middle East had a particularly varied selection of looms. The oldest were the single-heddle horizontal models of ancient Egypt, which nomads continued to favour into the twentieth century. Vertical warp-


weighted varieties existed, notably for carpets, for which body-tension looms were also occasionally employed. From about the second century CE, double-heddle frame or treadle looms appeared in Egypt, and thence diffused all over the settled Middle East, often in the form of pit looms. For really complex types of cloth, drawlooms evolved by the fifteenth century in Egypt, with multiple heddles and a drawboy lifting further groups of warp yarns with cords. (Baker 1995: 26-8, 70; Weir 1970) For fine Persian silks in the late seventeenth century, five to six men worked on looms employing between 24 and 30 shuttles. (Ferrier 1996: 173)

East Africa could be split into two zones. The northeast, down to the present Kenyan coast, used double-heddle horizontal pit looms, on Middle Eastern and Indian lines. (Picton and Mack 1989; Schaedler 1987: 93-9; Alpers 1983: 80-1; Pankhurst 1968: 259-60) Further south was the domain of single-heddle horizontal ground looms. (Davison and Harries 1980: 181-2; Schaedler 1987: 56-64; Alpers 1975: 24-5; Pearson 1998: 122; Rita-Ferreira 1999: 117)

Madagascar boasted a diversity of looms. Southeastern Africa’s single-heddle horizontal model was most common, especially in the west. Along the northeastern coastal strip, the heddle rod was sometimes lashed to the rafters, as in parts of the Persian Gulf, and there were many double-heddle looms by around 1800. Finally, parts of the southeast used body-tension looms with continuous warp, strongly resembling those of Southeast Asia. (Mack 1987: 84-6; Mack 1989: 22-31; Schaedler 1987: 63, 74; Fee 2005: 94; Hitchcock 1991, 59)

Social relations of production

Social practices governing cloth production may have been a greater constraint on productivity, although this remains to be demonstrated. Culturally allocated gender roles were inflexible in weaving, but less so in other parts of the textile process. The scale of


production varied, and is hard to correlate with success or failure. Labour coercion was possibly a negative factor, but it was patchy.

Men wove and dyed in the Middle East and East Africa, as in India, and there seem to have been no exceptions to this rule. (Baker 1995; Ferrier 1996: 173; Bhacker 1992: 133; Mack 1989: 21) Spinning was usually a female occupation in India, but the situation in the Middle East and East Africa was more fluid. The male guilds of Mosul were unable to prevent the spinning of cotton and wool becoming and remaining ‘a monopoly of women, urban and rural’ from the last decades of the seventeenth century. (Khoury 1997: 138; Shields 2000: 77) Women also spun in Palestine at a later date. (Weir 1970) Both men and women did so in Ethiopia, whereas women monopolised this activity in Somalia (Schaedler 1987: 396-423; Pankhurst 1968: 257; Alpers 1983: 79; Reese 1996: 94) On the lower Zambezi, it was said that men did almost everything, including much growing of cotton. (Alpers 1975: 25) However, a Portuguese source of the 1590s described women as spinning in this region. (Rita-Ferreira 1999: 117)

Women wove in Southeast Asia, as in China, and more generally dominated the textile chain. (Reid 1988: 93; Owen 1978: 157-8; Fraser-Lu 1994: 256-8; Pelras 1996: 241; Maznah 1996: 5, 91-2; McCoy 1982: 303) Indeed, mid-nineteenth century parish registers from southwestern Luzon recorded every bride as a weaver by profession. (Owen 1978: 165) Female labour was the norm in production and finishing, and women often harvested cotton bolls as well. Men’s role was restricted to supplying wooden and metal equipment, and to some growing of raw cotton. This held good across religious divides between Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and Animists. Noble women took pride in weaving fine cloth, and older women were generally more skilled. (Hitchcock 1991: 123-31; Owen 1978: 157-8, 165; Kraan 1998: 6)

The division of labour by gender was deeply rooted, for women nearly always wove in Madagascar, even when using looms of an East


African type. This prominence of women in Malagasy textiles almost certainly reflected ancient waves of Southeast Asian migration to the great island. (Mack 1987: 77; Mack 1989: 21; Prestholdt 1998: 27, 30) In 1777, a French traveller in the highlands even opined that women were so busy weaving that men undertook most domestic chores. (Larson 2000: 124) Male weaving only occurred among the Antaisaka people of the southeast, and for the production of red silk shrouds for dead nobles in northern Imerina. (Mack 1989: 21; Campbell 2005: 31)

Servile work appear to have been more common than in India or China, although the distribution of such labourers was extremely uneven in time and space. Coercion not only affected slaves, but also serfs, debt peons, inferior castes, religious minorities and other ‘subalterns.’ This did not reflect low population densities, for coercion was frequently encountered in the most densely peopled areas, but it may have signalled dysfunctional labour markets. Low remuneration was probably more than offset by low productivity, making servile labour more of a handicap than an advantage, as Parviz Mohebbi has cogently argued for Persia. (Mohebbi 1996: 149, 207, 215) Different parts of the textile process could have different configurations. Thus, spinning was an honourable profession in Ethiopia, but weaving was allocated to despised minorities. (Pankhurst 1968: 258-9)

Java had much bonded labour. Workers of servile status existed from at least the seventeenth century, especially in large textile establishments close to towns and royal courts. (Matsuo 1970: 77)


Kerajaan Sukapura


Kerajaan/ Kadipaten SukapuraMerupakan kerajaan/ kadipaten lama di Jawa Barat. Lokasinya adalah sebagai berikut:




Sumber: Digital Atlas of Indonesian History by Robert Cribb.Raja-raja dan bupati swapraja yang pernah memerintah Sukapura adalah:
• Wiradedaha I (1641-?)
• Wiradedaha II (?-1674)
• Anggadipa Wiradedaha III (1674-1726)


In 1684,

‘thousands of women’ produced cloth in the ‘weaving mills’ of Kartasura, Mataram’s capital. However, individual peasant women simultaneously brought small packets of cloth to local markets, which were bought and exported by Chinese traders. (Nagtegaal 1996: 135)

Early nineteenth century weaving workshops in Cirebon exploited the labour of indebted women. (Burger 1975: I, 58) In contrast, fine batik was largely reserved for high class ladies at this time. (Kraan 1998:  The Spaniards rejected slavery in the Philippines, but debt remained a problem. Leading Chinese Mestizo merchants of Iloilo regularly had 6 to 12 looms at work in their compounds. In law, their workers received monthly wages. However, many women were heavily indebted, and it was alleged that a trifling initial loan could imply years of bonded labour. (McCoy 1982: 303)

Servile workshops existed in the Middle East, most famously for silk production in Bursa, northwestern Anatolia. These workshops generally contained up to ten looms and twenty workers, with contractual manumission as a mechanism for lowering supervisory costs and increasing productivity. However, rising slave prices led to more hiring of workers on a weekly basis from the seventeenth century, as silk began to make way for cotton prints. (Inalcik 1979: 27-9; Baker 1995: 86-7)

Middle Eastern entrepreneurs were at times drawn from ethnic or religious minorities. Thus, Christian Armenians owned most of the textile workshops of Istanbul. (Baker 1995: 160) Similarly, about twice as much Christian as Muslim capital was invested in Damascus weaving shops in the 1830s. (Issawi 1966: 224)

The existence of large workshops was not necessarily a precondition for servile labour to prevail. In East Sumatra in 1823, it was said that, ‘in almost every house at Batubara is one or more looms; and the slave girls spin, dye and weave.’ These slaves were mainly Animist Batak, brought down for sale from the highlands. (Anderson 1971: 312) Theravada Buddhist kings seized numerous weavers in war, and resettled them in serf villages around their capital cities, notably in Burma and Thailand. (Fraser-Lu 1988: 88, 116-17, 120; Fraser-Lu 1994: 258)

Servile labour in domestic settings existed elsewhere. In Hadhramaut, textile production was dispersed in people’s houses, and weavers were assisted by a couple of slaves, or servants from lower social strata. (Berg 1886: 78)


Yemeni Jews, subject to various forms of discrimination, specialised in weaving according to their uniquetechnique, although Muslims also participated in this activity. (Baldry 1982: 46, 55) In southern Somalia, slaves, ex-slave clients and people of low castes mingled with free Somalis in a system of production that was both highly specialised and family-based. (Reese 1996: 94-8; Alpers 1983: 81-4) Many women in the highlands of Madagascar worked full time in cloth manufacture, and a report from 1826 noted that this included every kind of woman ‘from the King’s wives to the slaves.’ (Larson 2000: 128; Fee 2005: 94)

Home weaving seems to have been the norm around the Indian Ocean periphery, even in countries with a strong urban tradition. Javanese peasants satisfied most of their own textile needs, and restricted weaving to the off season. (Oorschot 1956: 13-14; Kraan 1998: 4) Chinese merchants ran a putting out system in central Java from the late seventeenth century, and the same appears to have been true of eastern Malaya around 1800. (Nagtegaal 1996: 135; Maznah 1996: 4-5) In northwestern Madagascar in the sixteenth century, cloths were woven to order, but in individual homes. (Prestholdt 1998: 30) Even in eighteenth century Egypt, spinning was a rural and familial activity, although weaving and dyeing tended to take place in larger urban establishments. (Raymond 1973-74: I, 229-31)


Although lying beyond the realm of proof, it seems that Indian textile exports not only failed to de-industrialise the Indian Ocean periphery, but actually stimulated its development. Most obviously positive was the supply of intermediate goods, whether cloth or yarn. The sale of local textiles in regional markets also benefited from economies of scale, notably in shipping and financial services, and lower transactions costs, so that local exports ‘piggy-backed’ on flows of South Asian cloth. In addition, India supplied models for local industries to emulate, and even surpass.

The ability of peripheral textiles to retain ‘niche’ markets at home has long been recognised, but successes in the export field have received much less acknowledgement. It is especially significant that new products emerged, and were aggressively exported, in the course of the early modern period, such as Bugis checks of South Sulawesi, Panay cloth of the Philippines, or Thessaly dyed cotton yarn in the Balkans.

Far from Indian cloth exerting a growing and inexorable hegemony, the evidence suggests that Indian exports were faltering, and in some cases markedly declining, from the late seventeenth century. The usual explanation is that growing demand from the West, coupled with inflexibilities in South Asian production processes, pushed prices of Indian textiles too high for the impoverished inhabitants of the Indian Ocean periphery. However, this seems unsatisfactory. Incomes may well have been rising overall, and too little credit is given to as yet unexplored improvements in the productivity of peripheral textiles.

European cloth only impinged to any degree on the Middle East, where exchanges remained quite balanced in this period. European woollen cloth gradually penetrated this market, but silk cloth went in both directions, and Middle Eastern producers of cotton cloth and yarn, as well as woollen and silken carpets, held the upper hand. European imports of cotton yarn, which also came from Java and India, underline the problems encountered in producing warp threads of sufficient quality in the continent’s new industry.

An understanding of the base-line, prior to the mass arrival of industrially produced textiles from around the 1840s, makes it easier to grasp later developments on the Indian Ocean periphery. As industrialisation gathered pace, advancement and retardation in part reflected earlier patterns of development. Although there have been substantial and understandable exceptions, those areas which had themost advanced early modern proto-industries tend to be those with the most flourishing modern industries.

Finally, a better knowledge of conditions in export markets around the Indian Ocean might yield a more sophisticated understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of early modern India’s proto-industry. In the case of Indian hand weaving in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Tirthankar Roy has argued that the weaker partner to some extent shaped the development of the stronger partner in the competitive struggle. (Roy 1996: 13) This may also have been the case for local textile production on the periphery of the early modern Indian Ocean


The Alienation (1601 – 1700)

(1601 – 1700)

1601 – Portuguese sent a fleet from Goa, India, to drive the Dutch from the Indies. The English set up fort at Banda. Aceh sends two ambassadors to Europe to observe and report on the situation to the Sultan. December 25-27: Five Dutch ships defeat the Portuguese fleet of 30 ships in battle in Banten harbour.

1602 – March 20: Dutch companies combine to form Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC); led by Heeren XVII representing different regions of the Netherlands; States-General gives VOC power to raise armies, build forts, negotiate treaties and wage war in Asia. VOC begins sending large, well-armed ships to the Indies (38 in the first three years). VOC establishes post at Gresik. Sir James Lancaster leads an (English) East India Company expedition, reaches Aceh, and builds a trading post at Banten.


1603 – Official VOC trading post founded at Banten.

1604 – English East India Company expedition under Sir Henry Middleton visits Ternate, Tidore, Ambon, and Banda.

1605 – Portuguese at Ambon surrender to ships under VOC and sends expeditions to Banda, Irian Jaya, northern Australia.

1606 – Spanish take Ternate and Tidore. VOC makes unsuccessful attack on Portuguese Melaka. VOC begins trading at Banjarmasin.

1607 – May: Sultan of Ternate appeals to the VOC for help against the Spanish. Aceh under Iskandar Muda and his successor, Iskandar Thani, was a center of Islamic scholarship and debate.

1609 – Portuguese fortress on Bacan falls to VOC.

1610 – Post of Governor-General is created for VOC in Asia, advised by Raad van Indie (Council of the Indies).

1611 – English begin setting up many posts in the Indies, including at Makassar, Jepara, Aceh and Jambi. Dutch set up post at Jayakerta.

1613 – April 18: Dutch take Solor from Portuguese. Portuguese Dominicans move headquarters to Larantuka, Flores. Iskandar Muda of Aceh defeats Johore, burns down the city, carries away the Sultan of Johore and VOC representatives. Mataram forces burn down Gresik; Krapyak asks VOC in Maluku for help against Surabaya. VOC sets up post at Jepara and first post on Timor.

1614 – Aceh wins naval battle against Portuguese at Bintan, continues on to attack Melaka. Johore throws out Aceh forces, creates alliance Palembang, Jambi, and other Sultanates against Aceh. VOC sends ambassador to Agung.


An attack in progress

1615 – VOC closes post at Gowa, hostilities drag on for years.

First Dutch Reformed church in the east founded at Ambon. English build warehouse at Jayakerta. Dutch abandon Solor after just two years.

During 1615-1616,

the Schouten expedition became the first to sail around Cape Horn at the the southern tip of South America, then made the first visit by Europeans to many south Pacific islands. By the time they arrived in Batavia (Jakarta), Coen had them jailed for violating the V.O.C.’s monopoly, and confiscated their ships. Years later, in 1722, the Dutch explorer Roggeveen would run into the same trouble after discovering Easter Island.

1616 – VOC military expedition against Banda.




1618 –

Jan Pieterzoon Coen becomes Governor-General of VOC. English merchants attack Chinese ships in Banten in a dispute over the price of pepper. Coen begins secretly fortifying the VOC warehouses at Jayakerta to the east. December Sultan of Banten encourages English to drive Dutch out of Jayakerta. Coen leaves for Maluku to muster ships and soldiers. Agung bans the sale of rice to the VOC. Agung’s governor of Jepara attacks the VOC post there; Dutch burn down much of Jepara in retaliation. Dutch reoccupy Solor.

The island was effectively subject to Makasar from 1618, and Manggarai, at the western end of Flores, soon followed.

The rest of Flores, however, and the whole of Sumba remained divided into a large number of small states until the colonial era


Chinese traders





It was on the 12 th july 1685  that ralph ord, the repsentative of the honourable East india company, managed to establish a settlemen at bencoolen, concluding an agreement with the local rulers fort the supply of papper to the company, in return for an undertaking to protect them from the dutch.

Bencoolen was considered to be in a strategic position to control the trade route through the sunda strait. In fact its strategic infortance was never realised as most Europeen  shipping chose to use the starait of malacca, the more direct route from india to china. Bencoolen was to remain the head quarters for the company’s Operations in sumatra. A number of small trading post, or factories as the were called  from the title of factor, (the official responsible for the settlement), were established on the west coast of sumatra from Tapanuli, natal and moko moko in the north, to manna and krui in the south, near the modern border with lampung


In November 1600 Paulus van Caarden, having also the command of two Dutch ships, was received upon his landing with much ceremony; but at his first audience the king refused to read a letter from the Prince of Orange, upon its being suggested to him that instead of paper it was written on the skin of an unclean animal; and the subsequent treatment experienced by this officer was uniformly bad. It appears however that in December 1601 the king was so far reconciled to this new power as to send two ambassadors to Holland, one of whom died there in August 1602, and the other returned to Achin subsequently to the death of his master.


The first English fleet that made its appearance in this part of the world, and laid the foundation of a commerce which was in time to eclipse that of every other European state, arrived at Achin in June 1602. Sir James Lancaster, who commanded it, was received by the king with abundant ceremony and respect, which seem with these monarchs to have been usually proportioned to the number of vessels and apparent strength of their foreign guests. The queen of England’s letter was conveyed to court with great pomp, and the general, after delivering a rich present, the most admired article of which was a fan of feathers, declared the purpose of his coming was to establish peace and amity between his royal mistress and her loving brother, the great and mighty king of Achin. He was invited to a banquet prepared for his entertainment, in which the service was of gold, and the king’s damsels, who were richly attired and adorned with bracelets and jewels, were ordered to divert him with dancing and music. Before he retired he was arrayed by the king in a magnificent habit of the country, and armed with two krises. In the present sent as a return for the queen’s there was, among other matters, a valuable ruby set in a ring. Two of the nobles, one of whom was the chief priest, were appointed to settle with Lancaster the terms of a commercial treaty, which was accordingly drawn up and executed in an explicit and regular manner. The Portuguese ambassador, or more properly the Spanish, as those kingdoms were now united, kept a watchful and jealous eye upon his proceedings; but by bribing the spies who surrounded him he foiled them at their own arts, and acquired intelligence that enabled him to take a rich prize in the straits of Malacca, with which he returned to Achin; and, having loaded what pepper he could procure there, took his departure in November of the same year. On this occasion it was requested by the king that he and his officers would favour him by singing one of the psalms of David, which was performed with much solemnity.

Very little is known of the military transactions of this reign, and no conquest but that of Pase is recorded. He had two sons, the younger of whom he made king of Pidir, and the elder, styled Sultan Muda, he kept at Achin, in order to succeed him in the throne. In the year 1603 he resolved to divide the charge of government with his intended heir, as he found his extraordinary age began to render him unequal to the task, and accordingly invested him with royal dignity; but the effect which might have been foreseen quickly followed this measure. The son, who was already advanced in years, became impatient to enjoy more complete power, and, thinking his father had possessed the crown sufficiently long, he confined him in a prison, where his days were soon ended.


The exact period at which this event took place is not known, but, calculating from the duration of his reign as stated in the Annals, it must have been early in the year 1604.* He was then ninety-five years of age,** and described to be a hale man, but extremely gross and fat.

(*Footnote. The Dutch commander Joris van Spilbergen took leave of him in April 1603, and his ambassador to Holland, who returned in December, 1604, found his son on the throne, according to Valentyn. Commodore Beaulieu says he died in 1603.)

(**Footnote. According to Beaulieu Davis says he was about a hundred; and the Dutch voyages mention that his great age prevented his ever appearing out of his palace.)

His constitution must have been uncommonly vigorous, and his muscular strength is indicated by this ludicrous circumstance, that when he once condescended to embrace a Dutch admiral, contrary to the usual manners of his country, the pressure of his arms was so violent as to cause excessive pain to the person so honoured. He was passionately addicted to women, gaming, and drink, his favourite beverage being arrack. By the severity of his punishments he kept his subjects in extreme awe of him; and the merchants were obliged to submit to more exactions and oppressions than were felt under the government of his predecessors. The seizure of certain vessels belonging to the people of Bantam and other arbitrary proceedings of that nature are said to have deterred the traders of India from entering into his ports.

The new king, who took the name of Ali Maghayat-shah, proved himself, from indolence or want of capacity, unfit to reign. He was always surrounded by his women, who were not only his attendants but his guards, and carried arms for that purpose. His occupations were the bath and the chase, and the affairs of state were neglected insomuch that murders, robberies, oppression, and an infinity of disorders took place in the kingdom for want of a regular and strict administration of justice. A son of the daughter of Ala-eddin had been a favourite of his grandfather, at the time of whose death he was twenty-three years of age, and continued, with his mother, to reside at the court after that event. His uncle the king of Achin having given him a rebuke on some occasion, he left his palace abruptly and fled to the king of Pidir, who received him with affection, and refused to send him back at the desire of the elder brother, or to offer any violence to a young prince whom their father loved. This was the occasion of an inveterate war which cost the lives of many thousand people. The nephew commanded the forces of Pidir, and for some time maintained the advantage, but these, at length seeing themselves much inferior in numbers to the army of Ali-Maghayat, refused to march, and the king was obliged to give him up, when he was conveyed to Achin and put in close confinement.




Not long afterwards a Portuguese squadron under Martin Alfonso, going to the relief of Malacca, then besieged by the Dutch, anchored in Achin road with the resolution of taking revenge on the king for receiving these their rivals into his ports, contrary to the stipulations of a treaty that had been entered into between them. The viceroy landed his men, who were opposed by a strong force on the part of the Achinese; but after a stout resistance they gained the first turf fort with two pieces of cannon, and commenced an attack upon the second, of masonry. In this critical juncture the young prince sent a message to his uncle requesting he might be permitted to join the army and expose himself in the ranks, declaring himself more willing to die in battle against the Kafers (so they always affected to call the Portuguese) than to languish like a slave in chains. The fears which operated upon the king’s mind induced him to consent to his release. The prince showed so much bravery on this occasion, and conducted two or three attacks with such success that Alfonso was obliged to order a retreat, after wasting two days and losing three hundred men in this fruitless attempt. The reputation of the prince was raised by this affair to a high pitch amongst the people of Achin. His mother, who was an active, ambitious woman, formed the design of placing him on the throne, and furnished him with large sums of money, to be distributed in gratuities amongst the principal orang cayas. At the same time he endeavoured to ingratiate himself by his manners with all classes of people. To the rich he was courteous; to the poor he was affable; and he was the constant companion of those who were in the profession of arms. When the king had reigned between three and four years he died suddenly, and at the hour of his death the prince got access to the castle. He bribed the guards, made liberal promises to the officers, advanced a large sum of money to the governor, and sending for the chief priest obliged him by threats to crown him. In fine he managed the revolution so happily that he was proclaimed king before night, to the great joy of the people, who conceived vast hopes from his liberality, courtesy, and valour. The king of Pidir was speedily acquainted with the news of his brother’s death, but not of the subsequent transactions, and came the next day to take possession of his inheritance. As he approached the castle with a small retinue he was seized by orders from the reigning prince, who, forgetting the favours he had received, kept him prisoner for a month, and then, sending him into the country under the pretence of a commodious retreat, had him murdered on the way. Those who put the crown on his head were not better requited; particularly the Maharaja, or governor of the castle. In a short time his disappointed subjects found that instead of being humane he was cruel; instead of being liberal he displayed extreme avarice, and instead of being affable he manifested a temper austere and inexorable.

This king, whom the Annals name Iskander Muda, was known to our travellers by the title of sultan Paduka Sri (words equivalent to most gracious), sovereign of Achin and of the countries of Aru, Dilli, Johor, Pahang, Kedah, and Perak on the one side, and of Barus, Pasaman, Tiku, Sileda, and Priaman on the other. Some of these places were conquered by him, and others he inherited.

Duyfken, 1606

Captain Willem Janszoon, sailing in the Duyfken, made landfall on the western side of Cape York Peninsula in north Australia and charted about 320 kilometres of coastline. It was Europe’s first recorded contact with Australia.

Pieter Both

This article is about the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. For the mountain named after him, see Pieter Both (mountain).

Pieter Both


Portrait of Pieter Both

1st Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies

In office
19 December 1610 – 6 November 1614

Preceded by


Succeeded by

Gerard Reynst

Personal details


Amersfoort, Dutch Republic


6 March 1615
Indian Ocean (near Mauritius)

Pieter Both (1568, Amersfoort – 6 March 1615, Mauritius) was the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.

Not much is known of his early years. In 1599, Both was already an admiral in the New, or Brabant Company. In that year, he traveled to the East Indies with four ships. When the newly founded Dutch East India Company set up a government for the Dutch East Indies, Pieter Both was invited to become the Governor-General. He held that position from 19 December 1610 to 6 November 1614. During that period he concluded contracts with the Moluccans, conquered Timor, and drove the Spaniards out of Tidore.

After he relinquished his position as Governor-General to Gerard Reynst, he left for the Netherlands with four ships. Two of the ships were shipwrecked near Mauritius, and Pieter Both drowned.

The second highest mountain of Mauritius is named Pieter Both after him.


Gerard Reynst



Portrait of Gerard Reynst

Gerard Reynst (Amsterdam, ? – Jakarta, 7 December 1615) was a Dutch merchant, father of a museum curator, and later the second Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.


All that is known of his early years is that he was born in Amsterdam, the son of Pieter Rijnst (1510-1574), soap boiler, and Trijn Sijverts. In 1599 he became a merchant and ship-owner, as well as a founder-member and administrator of the Nieuwe or Brabantsche Compagnie which, in 1600, became the Vereenighde Company of Amsterdam. This company then in 1602 merged into the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

On the request of his elders in the college of the Heren XVII (17 men), he became Governor-general of the Dutch East Indies in 1613 and left with 9 ships. The trip lasted 18 months, after which he took over command from Pieter Both. On the way, he had already sent one of his ships to the Red Sea to start trade relations with the Arabs there. He died more than a year after arrival, having caught dysentery so that he could do little there, besides a few minor activities that were only intermittently successful.




He showed much friendship to the Hollanders in the early part of his reign; and in the year 1613 gave permission to the English to settle a factory, granting them many indulgences, in consequence of a letter and present from king James the first. He bestowed on Captain Best, who was the bearer of them, the title of orang kaya putih, and entertained him with the fighting of elephants, buffaloes, rams, and tigers. His answer to king James (a translation of which is to be found in Purchas) is couched in the most friendly terms, and he there styles himself king of all Sumatra. He expressed a strong desire that the king of England should send him one of his countrywomen to wife, and promised to make her eldest son king of all the pepper countries, that so the English might be supplied with that commodity by a monarch of their own nation. But notwithstanding his strong professions of attachment to us, and his natural connexion with the Hollanders, arising from their joint enmity to the Portuguese, it was not many years before he began to oppress both nations and use his endeavours to ruin their trade. He became jealous of their growing power, and particularly in consequence of intelligence that reached him concerning the encroachments made by the latter in the island of Java.

The conquest of Aru seems never to have been thoroughly effected by the kings of Achin. Paduka Sri carried his arms thither and boasted of having obtained some victories.


In 1613 he subdued Siak in its neighbourhood. Early in the same year he sent an expedition against the kingdom of Johor (which had always maintained a political connexion with Aru) and, reducing the city after a siege of twenty-nine days, plundered it of everything moveable, and made slaves of the miserable inhabitants. The king fled to the island of Bintang, but his youngest brother and coadjutor was taken prisoner and carried to Achin. The old king of Johor, who had so often engaged the Portuguese, left three sons, the eldest of whom succeeded him by the title of Iang de per-tuan.*

(*Footnote. This is not an individual title or proper name, but signifies the sovereign or reigning monarch. In like manner Rega Bongsu signifies the king’s youngest brother, as Raja Muda does the heir apparent.)

The second was made king of Siak, and the third, called Raja Bongsu, reigned jointly with the first. He it was who assisted the Hollanders in the first siege of Malacca, and corresponded with Prince Maurice. The king of Achin was married to their sister, but this did not prevent a long and cruel war between them. A Dutch factory at Johor was involved in the consequences of this war, and several of that nation were among the prisoners. In the course of the same year however the king of Achin thought proper to establish Raja Bongsu on the throne of Johor, sending him back for that purpose with great honours, assisting him to rebuild the fort and city, and giving him one of his own sisters in marriage.


In 1615 the king of Achin sailed to the attack of Malacca in a fleet which he had been four years employed in preparing. It consisted of above five hundred sail, of which a hundred were large galleys, greater than any at that time built in Europe, carrying each from six to eight hundred men, with three large cannon and several smaller pieces. These galleys the orang kayas were obliged to furnish, repair, and man, at the peril of their lives. The soldiers served without pay, and carried three months provision at their own charge. In this great fleet there were computed to be sixty thousand men, whom the king commanded in person. His wives and household were taken to sea with him. Coming in sight of the Portuguese ships in the afternoon, they received many shot from them but avoided returning any, as if from contempt. The next day they got ready for battle, and drew up in form of a half moon. A desperate engagement took place and lasted without intermission till midnight, during which the Portuguese admiral was three times boarded, and repeatedly on fire. Many vessels on both sides were also in flames and afforded light to continue the combat. At length the Achinese gave way, after losing fifty sail of different sizes, and twenty thousand men. They retired to Bancalis, on the eastern coast of Sumatra, and shortly afterwards sailed for Achin, the Portuguese not daring to pursue their victory, both on account of the damage they had sustained and their apprehension of the Hollanders, who were expected at Malacca. The king proposed that the prisoners taken should be mutually given up, which was agreed to, and was the first instance of that act of humanity and civilisation between the two powers.

Laurens Reael



Laurens Reael (ca. 1620)

Dr. Laurens Reael (Amsterdam, 22 October 1583 – Amsterdam, 21 October 1637) was an employee of the VOC, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies in 1616-1617 and an admiral of the Dutch navy from 1625-27.

[edit] Early life

Laurens Reael was the son of Laurens Jacobsz Reael, a merchant in Amsterdam named after the sign or gable stone of his house/shop In den gouden Reael (“In the Golden Real“) and an amateur poet known for writing Geuzenliederen (songs of the geuzen). The Amsterdam neighborhood Gouden Reael is named after Laurens Reael’s birth house, via a later (1648) warehouse of the Reael family on the Zandhoek that turned into a popular inn. Laurens Jr. had academic talents, excelling in math and languages. He studied law in Leiden, where he lived in the house of Jacobus Arminius who had married his older sister Lijsbet Reael in 1590. Laurens received his doctorate in 1608.

[edit] East Indies

In May 1611 he left as commandeur of four ships for the East Indies. He quickly worked his way up to become the third Governor-General in 1616, where he was stationed at the VOC headquarters, at that time on Ternate in the Moluccas. That year he could personally welcome both Joris van Spilbergen (March 30) and Schouten & Le Maire (September 12) upon their respective arrivals at Ternate from Holland via the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn. He was unaware that the VOC had ordered Schouten & Le Maire’s ships to be confiscated for alleged infringement of its monopoly of trade to the Spice Islands.

Already after a year, on October 31 1617, Reael resigned following a dispute with the VOC’s leadership (the Lords XVII) on the treatment of both the English competitors in the Moluccas and of the native people. The jurist Reael would only take action against the English if international law would allow that and had protested repeatedly against the incursions against the natives. He, like the local admiral Steven van der Haghen, was of the opinion that the VOC’s goals should be achieved solely via commercial and diplomatic routes. In his official report to the Staten Generaal and the VOC’s Lords XVII upon his return to Holland he made these points again very clear.

It would take however until March 21, 1619 until the decidedly less pacifistic Jan Pieterszoon Coen would replace him as Governor-General, before which time Reael had fought the Spanish in 1617 in the Bay of Manila, the English at Bantam and in the Mollucas, and the Mataram Sultanate at Japara on Java


Jan Pieterszoon Coen

Jan Pieterszoon Coen



8 January 1587(1587-01-08)
Hoorn, Holland, Dutch Republic


21 September 1629(1629-09-21) (aged 42)
Batavia, Dutch East India




Colonial governor

Jan Pieterszoon Coen (8 January 1587 – 21 September 1629) was a officer of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the early seventeenth century, holding two terms as its Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.

He was long considered a national hero in the Netherlands, for providing the impulse that set the VOC on the path to dominance in the Dutch East Indies. A quote of his from 1618 is well known, “Despair not, spare your enemies not, for God is with us”. Since the latter half of the 20th century he has been looked at in a more critical light, as some people view his often violent means to have been excessive.

Coen was known in his time on account of strict governance and harsh criticism of people who did not share his views, at times directed even at the 17 Lords of the VOC (for which he was reprimanded). Coen was known to be strict towards subordinates and merciless to his opponents. His willingness to use violence to obtain his ends was too much for many, even for such a relatively violent period of history. When Saartje Specx, a girl whom he had been entrusted to care for, was found in a garden in the arms of a soldier, Pieter Cortenhoeff, Coen showed little mercy in having Cortenhoeff beheaded. Specx only escaped the death penalty by drowning because she was still under aged.

Further but more extensive actions perpetrated by order of Coen, are recounted in a BBC Television documentary series “The Spice Trail” (episode 2: “Nutmeg and Cloves”).[1] The program also contains details of wanton acts of destruction committed by the Dutch in the spice islands of Eastern Indonesia, the purpose of which was to create scarcity of natural produce in order to maintain price levels


Pieter de Carpentier

Pieter de Carpentier (1586 or 88 – 5 September 1659) was a Dutch, or Flemish, administrator of the Dutch East India Company, and who served as Governor-General there from 1623–1627. The Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia is named after him.



Portrait of Pieter De Carpentier

Pieter de Carpentier was born in Antwerp in 1586 or 1588, shortly after the formation of the newly-independent Dutch Republic (Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, or United Provinces). He studied philosophy in Leiden, from 1603. In 1616 he sailed on board the sailing vessel De Getrouwheid to Indonesia. There he had a number of functions, including Director-General of the Trade, Member to the Council of the Indies, and member of the Council of Defence. From February 1, 1623 to September 30, 1627 he was the fifth Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. He participated in the conquest of Jakarta and helped to build the town of Batavia. He did much for the town, including setting up a school, a Town Hall, and the first Orphanage Home. He also designed the structure of the churches in the town.

On 12 November 1627 Pieter de Carpentier sailed from the East Indies as Head of the Fleet. He arrived in Holland on 3 June 1628, with five richly-laden merchant ships, and this, combined with the fact that the Government had recently succeeded in releasing three ships from an embargo laid upon them by the English a year previously, led the authorities to determine to send another fleet of eleven ships to the East, with which General Jacob Specks was to sail. Two ships and a yacht being soon ready to sail, the senate sent them to Texel so as to lose no time. These vessels were the Batavia (under Francisco Pelsaert) the Dordrecht (under Isaac van Swaenswyck) and the Assendelft (under Cornelis Vlack). They left Texel for their destination on 28 October 1628.

De Carpentier was made Member of the Board of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in October 1629. His maternal uncle, Louis Delbeecque, had been one of the initiators of the VOC.

Pieter de Carpentier married Maria Ravevelt in Middelburg on 2 March 1630. She died in September 1641 and was buried on in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam. De Carpentier died in Amsterdam on 5 September 1659, and was also buried in the Westerkerk. They had seven children.

When Jan Carstenszoon (or Carstensz) and Willem van Coolsteerdt landed the Pera and the Arnhem on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula of New Holland (now Australia) in 1623, after the first discovery by Willem Janszoon in the Duyfken in 1606, they then named the ‘Gulf of Carpentaria‘ after the Governor-General, Pieter de Carpe


Jacques Specx



Jacques Specx

Jacques Specx (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʒɑk ˈspɛks]; Dordrecht, 1585 – Amsterdam, 22 July 1652) was a Dutch merchant, who founded the trade on Japan and Korea in 1609.[1][2] Jacques Specx received the support of William Adams to obtain extensive trading rights from the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu on August 24, 1609, which allowed him to establish a trading factory in Hirado on September 20, 1609. He was the interim governor in Batavia between 1629 – 1632. There his daughter Saartje Specx was involved in a scandal. Back home in Holland Specx became an art-collector.

The Dutch, who, rather than “Nanban” were called “Kōmō” (Jp:紅毛, lit. “Red Hair”) by the Japanese, first arrived in Japan in 1600, on board the Liefde.

In 1605, two of the Liefde’s crew were sent to Pattani by Tokugawa Ieyasu, to invite Dutch trade to Japan. The head of the Pattani Dutch trading post, Victor Sprinckel, refused on the ground that he was too busy dealing with Portuguese opposition in Southeast Asia.

[edit] 1609 mission to Japan

Jacques Specx sailed on a fleet of eleven ships that left Texel in 1607 under the command of Pieter Willemsz Verhoeff. After arriving in Bantam two ships which were dispatched to establish the first official trade relations between the Netherlands and Japan.[3]



The “trade pass” (Dutch: handelspas) issued in the name of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The text commands: “Dutch ships are allowed to travel to Japan, and they can disembark on any coast, without any reserve. From now on this regulation must be observed, and the Dutch left free to sail where they want throughout Japan. No offenses to them will be allowed, such as on previous occasions” – dated August 24, 1609 (Keichō 14, 25th day of the 6th month); n.b., the goshuin (御朱印) identifies this as an official document bearing the shogun’s scarlet seal.

The two ships Specx commanded were De Griffioen (the “Griffin”, 19 cannons) and Roode Leeuw met Pijlen (the “Red lion with arrows”, 400 tons, 26 cannons). The ships arrived in Japan on July 2, 1609.[4]

Among the crews were the Chief merchants Abraham van den Broeck and Nicolaas Puyck and the under-merchant Jaques Specx.

The exact composition of the delegation is uncertain; but it has been established that van den Broeck and Puyck traveled to the Shogunal Court, and Melchior van Santvoort acted as the mission’s interpreter. Santevoort had arrived a few years earlier aboard the Dutch ship De Liefde. He had established himself as a merchant in Nagasaki.



Christ in the storm on the lake Genesareth; by Rembrandt (1633) 160 x 127cm. In 1990 the painting was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and has not been recovered; it belonged to Jacques Specx in 1651

The Shogun granted the Dutch the access to all ports in Japan, and confirmed this in an act of safe-conduct, stamped with his red seal. (

In September 1609 the ship’s Council decided to hire a house on Hirado island (west of the southern main island Kiushu). Jacques Specx became the first “Opperhoofd” (Chief) of the new Company’s factory.[5]

In 1610, Specx sent a ship to Korea.[6]



Three years afterwards the king made a conquest of the cities of Kedah and Perak on the Malayan coast, and also of a place called Dilli in Sumatra. This last had been strongly fortified by the assistance of the Portuguese, and gave an opportunity of displaying much skill in the attack. Trenches were regularly opened before it and a siege carried on for six weeks ere it fell. In the same year the king of Jorcan (a place unknown at present by that name) fled for refuge to Malacca with eighty sail of boats, having been expelled his dominions by the king of Achin. The Portuguese were not in a condition to afford him relief, being themselves surrounded with enemies and fearful of an attack from the Achinese more especially; but the king was then making preparations against an invasion he heard was meditated by the viceroy of Goa. Reciprocal apprehensions kept each party on the defensive.


The French being desirous of participating in the commerce of Achin, of which all the European nations had formed great ideas, and all found themselves disappointed in, sent out a squadron commanded by General Beaulieu, which arrived in January 1621, and finally left it in December of the same year. He brought magnificent presents to the king, but these did not content his insatiable avarice, and he employed a variety of mean arts to draw from him further gifts. Beaulieu met also with many difficulties, and was forced to submit to much extortion in his endeavours to procure a loading of pepper, of which Achin itself, as has been observed, produced but little. The king informed him that he had some time since ordered all the plants to be destroyed, not only because the cultivation of them proved an injury to more useful agriculture, but also lest their produce might tempt the Europeans to serve him, as they had served the kings of Jakatra and Bantam. From this apprehension he had lately been induced to expel the English and Dutch from their settlements at Priaman and Tiku, where the principal quantity of pepper was procured, and of which places he changed the governor every third year to prevent any connexions dangerous to his authority from being formed. He had likewise driven the Dutch from a factory they were attempting to settle at Padang; which place appears to be the most remote on the western coast of the island to which the Achinese conquests at any time extended.


Still retaining a strong desire to possess himself of Malacca, so many years the grand object of Achinese ambition, he imprisoned the ambassador then at his court, and made extraordinary preparations for the siege, which he designed to undertake in person. The laksamana or commander in chief (who had effected all the king’s late conquests) attempted to oppose this resolution; but the maharaja, willing to flatter his master’s propensity, undertook to put him in possession of the city and had the command of the fleet given to him, as the other had of the land forces. The king set out on the expedition with a fleet of two hundred and fifty sail (forty­seven of them not less than a hundred feet in the keel), in which were twenty thousand men well appointed, and a great train of artillery. After being some time on board, with his family and retinue as usual, he determined, on account of an ill omen that was observed, to return to the shore. The generals, proceeding without him, soon arrived before Malacca. Having landed their men they made a judicious disposition, and began the attack with much courage and military skill. The Portuguese were obliged to abandon several of their posts, one of which, after a defence of fifty days, was levelled with the ground, and from its ruins strong works were raised by the laksamana. The maharaja had seized another post advantageously situated. From their several camps they had lines of communication, and the boats on the river were stationed in such a manner that the place was completely invested. Matters were in this posture when a force of two thousand men came to the assistance of the besieged from the king of Pahang, and likewise five sail of Portuguese vessels from the coast of Coromandel; but all was insufficient to remove so powerful an enemy, although by that time they had lost four thousand of their troops in the different attacks and skirmishes. In the latter end of the year a fleet of thirty sail of ships, large and small, under the command of Nunno Alvarez Botello, having on board nine hundred European soldiers, appeared off Malacca, and blocked up the fleet of Achin in a river about three miles from the town. This entirely altered the complexion of affairs. The besiegers retired from their advanced works and hastened to the defence of their galleys, erecting batteries by the side of the river. The maharaja being summoned to surrender returned a civil but resolute answer. In the night, endeavouring to make his escape with the smaller vessels through the midst of the Portuguese, he was repulsed and wounded. Next day the whole force of the Achinese dropped down the stream with a design to fight their way, but after an engagement of two hours their principal galley, named the Terror of the World, was boarded and taken, after losing five hundred men of seven which she carried. Many other vessels were afterwards captured or sunk. The laksamana hung out a white flag and sent to treat with Nunno, but, some difficulty arising about the terms, the engagement was renewed with great warmth. News was brought to the Portuguese that the maharaja was killed and that the king of Pahang was approaching with a hundred sail of vessels to reinforce them. Still the Achinese kept up a dreadful fire, which seemed to render the final success doubtful; but at length they sent proposals desiring only to be allowed three galleys of all their fleet to carry away four thousand men who remained of twenty that came before the town. It was answered that they must surrender at discretion; which the laksamana hesitating to do, a furious assault took place both by water and land upon his galleys and works, which were all effectually destroyed or captured, not a ship and scarcely a man escaping. He himself in the last extremity fled to the woods, but was seized ere long by the king of Pahang’s scouts. Being brought before the governor he said to him, with an undaunted countenance, “Behold here the laksamana for the first time overcome!” He was treated with respect but kept a prisoner, and sent on his own famous ship to Goa in order to be from thence conveyed to Portugal: but death deprived his enemies of that distinguished ornament of their triumph.


Hendrik Brouwer



Portrait of Hendrik Brouwer

Hendrik Brouwer (spring 1581 – August 7, 1643) was a Dutch explorer, admiral, and colonial administrator both in Japan and the Dutch East Indies.

He is thought to first have sailed to the East Indies for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1606. In 1610 he left again to the Indies, now as commander of three ships. On this trip he devised the Brouwer Route, a route from South Africa to Java that reduced voyage duration from a year to about 6 months by taking advantage of the strong westerly winds in the Roaring Forties (the latitudes between 40° and 50° south). Up to that point, the Dutch had followed a route copied from the Portuguese via the coast of Africa, Mauritius and Ceylon. By 1617, the VOC required all their ships to take the Brouwer route.[1]

After his arrival in 1611 in the East Indies, he was sent to Japan to replace Jacques Specx temporarily as opperhoofd at Dejima from August 28, 1612 to August 6, 1614.[2] During that time he made a visit to the Japanese court at Edo. In 1613 he made a trip to Siam that laid the foundation for the Dutch trade with Siam.

Early in 1632, he was part of a delegation sent to London to solve trade disagreements between the British and Dutch East India companies. Afterwards he left for the Indies, and on April 18 of that same year he was appointed Governor-General of the East Indies, again following Jacques Specx, a position which he held until January 1, 1636. Anthony van Diemen was his assistant during this entire period, and many of the Dutch explorations into the Pacific carried out under Van Diemen’s command were suggested in writing by Brouwer before he left.

In 1642, the VOC joined the Dutch West Indies Company in organizing an expedition to Chile to establish a base for trading gold at the abandoned ruins of Valdivia. The fleet sailed from Dutch Brazil where John Maurice of Nassau provided them with supplies. While rounding Cape Horn, the expedition established that Staten Island was not part of the unknown Southern land. After landing on Chiloe Island, Brouwer made a pact with the Mapuche (then known as the Araucanians) to aid in establishing a resettlement at Valdivia. However, on August 7, 1643 Hendrik died (at the age of 62) before arriving, and was succeeded by his vice-admiral Elias Herckman, who landed at the ruins of Valdivia on August 24. Brouwer was buried in the new settlement, which Herckman named Brouwershaven after him. Herckman and his men occupied the location only until October 28, 1643. Having been told that the Dutch had plans to return to the location, the Spanish viceroy in Peru sent 1000 men in twenty ships (and 2000 men by land, who never made it) in 1644 to resettle Valdivia and fortify it. The Spanish soldiers in the new garrison disinterred and burned Brouwer’s body.[3][4]



This signal defeat proved so important a blow to the power of Achin that we read of no further attempts to renew the war until the year 1635, when the king, encouraged by the feuds which at this time prevailed in Malacca, again violated the law of nations, to him little known, by imprisoning their ambassador, and caused all the Portuguese about his court to be murdered. No military operations however immediately took place in consequence of this barbarous proceeding.


Anthony van Diemen


Anthony van Diemen

Portrait of Anthony van Diemen


Culemborg, Utrecht, Dutch Republic


19 April 1645(1645-04-19)
Batavia, Dutch East India




Explorer, colonial governor

Anthony van Diemen (also Antonie, Antonio, Anton, Antonius) (Culemborg, 1593 – Batavia, 19 April 1645), Dutch colonial governor, was born in Culemborg in the Netherlands, the son of Meeus Anthonisz van Diemen[1] and Christina Hoevenaar. In 1616 he moved to Amsterdam, in hope of improving his fortune as a merchant; in this he failed and was declared bankrupt. After a year he became a servant of the Dutch East India Company and sailed to Batavia (Jakarta), capital of the Dutch East Indies. On the voyage out, to the East Indiaman Mauritius he inadvertently went more south to an unknown coast of Australia.[2]

Governor Jan Pieterszoon Coen found van Diemen to be a talented official and by 1626 he was Director-General of Commerce and member of the Council for the Indies. In 1630 he married Maria van Aelst. A year later he returned to the Netherlands as Admiral on the ship Deventer. In 1632 he returned to Batavia and in 1635 he was appointed Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, his appointment taking effect on 1 January 1636.

Van Diemen’s nine years as Governor-General were successful and important for both the colony and the commercial success of the East India Company. He devoted much of his energy to expanding the power of the company throughout Asia. Under his rule Dutch power was established in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

Van Diemen is best remembered for his efforts to foster exploration of the “Great South Land”, Australia, resulting in “the final and most ambitious Dutch voyages of the century”.[3] The first voyage under his energetic administration was undertaken within three months of his arrival in Batavia; starting from Cape York its ships were to chart the unknown coasts, but the venture ended in failure, when its commander was killed by natives in New Guinea, and the ships returned. In 1639 he commissioned two voyages to the north, in search of the “Gold and Silver Islands” that Spanish reports placed in the North Pacific to the east of Japan, and sent Maarten Gerritsz Vries to explore the coasts of Korea and “Tartaria“; these, two returned fruitlessly.[4] Undeterred, Van Diemen appointed Frans Visscher to draw up a plan for new discoveries. Visscher mapped out three different routes and van Diemen decided in August 1642 to send Abel Janszoon Tasman, accompanied by Visscher, in search of the Great South Land, which Tasman would soon dub “Nieuw Holland“.

In November 1642, headed east from Mauritius on latitude 44 and missing the south coast of Australia, Tasman sighted land (the west coast of the island of Tasmania), and followed the southern coastline around to the east coast. Tasman sent a party ashore at Blackman Bay, on the Tasman Peninsula, who planted a flag and encountered a few of the native inhabitants. Believing he had found a large territory, Tasman named it Van Diemen’s Land in honour of his patron.[5] Van Diemen is also commemorated in Van Diemen Gulf on the coast of northern Australia.

Van Diemen commissioned a further voyage from Tasman in 1644.

Anthony van Diemen died in April 1645 in Batavia, Dutch East Indies. The company granted his wife a large pension and she retired to the Netherlands. Her name is perpetuated in the name of the westernmost point of the North Island of New Zealand, Cape Maria van Diemen, named by Tasman in 1643, and by Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania.



1640. 1641.

In the year 1640 the Dutch with twelve men of war, and the king of Achin with twenty-five galleys, appeared before that harassed and devoted city; which at length, in the following year was wrested from the hands of the Portuguese, who had so long, through such difficulties, maintained possession of it. This year was also marked by the death of the sultan, whom the Dutch writers name Paduka Sri, at the age of sixty, after a reign of thirty-five years; having just lived to see his hereditary foe subdued; and as if the opposition of the Portuguese power, which seems first to have occasioned the rise of that of Achin, was also necessary to its existence, the splendour and consequence of the kingdom from that period rapidly declined.

The prodigious wealth and resources of the monarchy during his reign are best evinced by the expeditions he was enabled to fit out; but being no less covetous than ambitious he contrived to make the expenses fall upon his subjects, and at the same time filled his treasury with gold by pressing the merchants and plundering the neighbouring states. An intelligent person (General Beaulieu), who was for some time at his court, and had opportunities of information on the subject, uses this strong expression–that he was infinitely rich. He constantly employed in his castle three hundred goldsmiths. This would seem an exaggeration, but that it is well known the Malayan princes have them always about them in great numbers at this day, working in the manufacture of filigree, for which the country is so famous. His naval strength has been already sufficiently described. He was possessed of two thousand brass guns and small arms in proportion. His trained elephants amounted to some hundreds. His armies were probably raised only upon the occasion which called for their acting, and that in a mode similar to what was established under the feudal system in Europe. The valley of Achin alone was said to be able to furnish forty thousand men upon an emergency. A certain number of warriors however were always kept on foot for the protection of the king and his capital. Of these the superior class were called ulubalang, and the inferior amba-raja, who were entirely devoted to his service and resembled the janizaries of Constantinople. Two hundred horsemen nightly patrolled the grounds about the castle, the inner courts and apartments of which were guarded by three thousand women. The king’s eunuchs amounted to five hundred.

The disposition of this monarch was cruel and sanguinary. A multitude of instances are recorded of the horrible barbarity of his punishments, and for the most trivial offences. He imprisoned his own mother and put her to the torture, suspecting her to have been engaged in a conspiracy against him with some of the principal nobles, whom he caused to be executed. He murdered his nephew, the king of Johor’s son, of whose favour with his mother he was jealous. He also put to death a son of the king of Bantam, and another of the king of Pahang, who were both his near relations. None of the royal family survived in 1622 but his own son, a youth of eighteen, who had been thrice banished the court, and was thought to owe his continuance in life only to his surpassing his father, if possible, in cruelty, and being hated by all ranks of people. He was at one time made king of Pidir but recalled on account of his excesses, confined in prison and put to strange tortures by his father, whom he did not outlive. The whole territory of Achin was almost depopulated by wars, executions, and oppression. The king endeavoured to repeople the country by his conquests. Having ravaged the kingdoms of Johor, Pahang, Kedah, Perak, and Dilli, he transported the inhabitants from those places to Achin, to the number of twenty-two thousand persons. But this barbarous policy did not produce the effect he hoped; for the unhappy people, being brought naked to his dominions, and not allowed any kind of maintenance on their arrival, died of hunger in the streets. In the planning his military enterprises he was generally guided by the distresses of his neighbours, for whom, as for his prey, he unceasingly lay in wait; and his preparatory measures were taken with such secrecy that the execution alone unravelled them. Insidious political craft and wanton delight in blood united in him to complete the character of a tyrant.

It must here be observed that, with respect to the period of this remarkable reign, the European and Malayan authorities are considerably at variance, the latter assigning to it something less than thirty solar years, and placing the death of Iskander Muda in December 1636. The Annals further state that he was succeeded by sultan Ala-eddin­Mahayat-shah, who reigned only about four years and died in February 1641. That this is the more accurate account I have no hesitation in believing, although Valentyn, who gives a detail of the king’s magnificent funeral, was persuaded that the reign which ended in 1641 was the same that began in 1607. But he collected his information eighty years after the event, and as it does not appear that any European whose journal has been given to the world was on the spot at that period, the death of an obscure monarch who died after a short reign may well have been confounded by persons at a distance with that of his more celebrated predecessor. Both authorities however are agreed in the important fact that the successor to the throne in 1641 was a female. This person is described by Valentyn as being the wife of the old king, and not his daughter, as by some had been asserted; but from the Annals it appears that she was his daughter, named Taju al-alum; and as it was in her right that Maghayat-shah (certainly her husband), obtained the crown, so upon his decease, there being no male heir, she peaceably succeeded him in the government, and became the first queen regent of Achin. The succession having thenceforward continued nearly sixty years in the female line, this may be regarded as a new era in the history of the country. The nobles finding their power less restrained, and their individual consequence more felt under an administration of this kind than when ruled by kings (as sometimes they were with a rod of iron) supported these pageants, whom they governed as they thought fit, and thereby virtually changed the constitution into an aristocracy or oligarchy. The business of the state was managed by twelve orang-kayas, four of whom were superior to the rest, and among these the maharaja, or governor of the kingdom, was considered as the chief. It does not appear, nor is it probable, that the queen had the power of appointing or removing any of these great officers. No applications were made to the throne but in their presence, nor any public resolution taken but as they determined in council. The great object of their political jealousy seems to have been the pretensions of the king of Johor to the crown, in virtue of repeated intermarriages between the royal families of the two countries, and it may be presumed that the alarms excited from that quarter materially contributed to reconcile them to the female domination. They are accordingly said to have formed an engagement amongst themselves never to pay obedience to a foreign prince, nor to allow their royal mistress to contract any marriage that might eventually lead to such a consequence.* At the same time, by a new treaty with Johor, its king was indirectly excused from the homage to the crown of Achin which had been insisted upon by her predecessors and was the occasion of frequent wars.

(*Footnote. However fanciful it may be thought, I cannot doubt that the example of our Queen Elizabeth, whose character and government were highly popular with the Achinese on account of her triumphant contest with the united powers of Spain and Portugal, had a strong influence in the establishment of this new species of monarchy, and that the example of her sister’s marriage with Philip may have contributed to the resolution taken by the nobles. The actions of our illustrious queen were a common topic of conversation between the old tyrant and Sir James Lancaster.)

In proportion as the political consequence of the kingdom declined, its history, as noticed by foreigners, becomes obscure. Little is recorded of the transactions of her reign, and it is likely that Achin took no active part in the concerns of neighbouring powers, but suffered the Hollanders, who maintained in general a friendly intercourse with her, to remain in quiet possession of Malacca.


In 1643 they sent an ambassador to compliment her upon her accession, and at the same time to solicit payment for a quantity of valuable jewels ordered by the deceased king, but for the amount of which she declined to make herself responsible.

Cornelis van der Lijn



Portrait of Cornelis van der Lijn [1]

Cornelis van der Lijn (1608? – 27 July 1679) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1646 until 1650.

Early career

Van der Lijn was born in Alkmaar, possibly in 1608. He went, in 1627, as Assistant (Dutch: assistent) to Batavia, Dutch East Indies aboard the Wapen van Hoorn. From 1632 to 18 January 1636 he was Accountant-General (Dutch: boekhouder-generaal). In 1639 he became Counsellor-Extraordinary (Dutch: Raad extra-oridinair) to the Council of the Indies. A year later he was appointed President of the Schepenrechtbank (a maritime court, but with various other functions). One further year later he was made a full Counsellor (Dutch: Raad ordinair) he followed Philips Lucasz (whose portrait was painted by Rembrandt [2]) as Director-General of the Indies.

Council of the Indies

Shortly before his death on 19 April 1645, Governor-General Antonio van Diemen called upon the Council of the Indies (12 April 1645) to establish Cornelis van der Lijn as his successor. This was not in line with the instructions of the Seventeen Lords (Heren XVII), who has laid down in 1617 that immediately after the death of a Governor-General, the Council should choose a provisional Governor-General. Only once the Seventeen Lords had agreed to the choice would the appointment come into actual force. The Heren XVII at first cancelled Van Diemen’s decision, but then afterwards named the very same Cornelis van der Lijn as his successor. On 10 October 1646 he was named by them as Governor-General.





The City of Banten, Bird View


The Battle of Banten Between Dutch and Portuguese


Banten’s Mangkubumi and his Attendants



Portuguese Residents at Banten


The Journey of Cornelis de Houtman to Banten in 1596. Sketch in 1646


The Journey of Cornelis de Houtman to Banten in 1596. Sketch in 1646



The Town of Banten in the Days of the Dutch East India Company. 

The naval Battle of Banten took place on 27 December 1601 in Banten Bay,Indonesia, when an exploration fleet of 5 Dutch vessels defeated a larger Portuguese fleet including galleons and fustas.


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(Hikayat ini adalah contoh sastra lisan di Banten dan Jawa Barat yang lebih bersifat kiasan, yang memaksudkan dirinya untuk bercerita tentang bagaimana peralihan kultural dan politik di Banten dan Jawa Barat dari Era Hindu ke Era Islam).




Prabu Siliwangi memiliki beberapa putra dan putri, diantaranya adalah Raden Kian Santang dan Ratu Rara Santang, yang keduanya adalah putra dan putri kesayangan sang Prabu. Raden Kian Santang terkenal dengan kesaktiannya yang luar biasa. Di dunia persilatan nama Raden Kian Santang sudah tak asing lagi sehingga seluruh Pulau Jawa bahkan Nusantara saat itu sangat mengenal siapa Raden Kian Santang. Tak ada yang sanggup mengalahkannya. Bahkan, Raden Kian Santang sendiri tak pernah melihat darahnya sendiri.


Suatu ketika, Raden Kian Santang yang adalah putra Prabu Siliwangi itu terkejut ketika di dalam mimpinya ada seorang kakek berjubah yang mengatakan bahwa ada seorang manusia yang sanggup mengalahkannya, dan kakek tersebut tersenyum. Mimpi itu terjadi beberapa kali hingga Raden Kian Santang bertanya-tanya siapa gerangan orang itu. Dalam mimpi selanjutnya sang kakek menunjuk ke arah lautan dan berkata bahwa orang itu di sana.


Penasaran dengan mimpinya, Raden Kian Santang pun meminta ijin kepada ayahandanya, Prabu Siliwangi untuk pergi menuju seberang lautan, dan menceritakan semuanya. Prabu Siliwangi walaupun berat hati tetap mempersilahkan putranya itu pergi. Namun Ratu Rara Santang, adik perempuan Raden Kian Santang, ingin ikut kakaknya tersebut.


Meski dicegah, Ratu Rara Santang tetap bersikeras ikut kakaknya, yang akhirnya mereka berdua pergi menyeberangi lautan yang sangat luas menuju suatu tempat yang ditunjuk orang tua alias si kakek berjubah di dalam mimpi Raden Kian Santang itu.


Hari demi hari, minggu berganti minggu dan genap delapan bulan perjalanan sampailah Raden Kian Santang dan Ratu Rara Santang ke sebuah dataran yang asing, tanahnya begitu kering dan tandus, padang pasir yang sangat luas serta terik matahari yang sangat menyengat mereka melabuhkan perahu yang mereka tumpangi.


Tiba-tiba datanglah seorang kakek yang begitu sangat dikenalnya. Yah, kakek yang pernah datang di dalam mimpinya itu. Kakek itu tersenyum dan berkata: “Selamat datang anak muda! Assalamu alaikum!” Raden Kian Santang dan Ratu Rara Santang hanya saling berpandangan dan hanya berkata: “Aku ingin bertemu dengan Ali, orang yang pernah kau katakan sanggup mengalahkanku.”


Dengan tersenyum kakek itu pun berkata: “Anak muda, kau bisa bertemu Ali jika sanggup mencabut tongkat ini!” Lalu si kakek itu menancapkan tongkat yang dipegangnya.


Kembali Raden Kian Santang dan Ratu Rara Santang saling berpandangan, dan Raden Kian Santang tertawa terbahak-bahak. “Hai orang tua! Di negeri kami adu kekuatan bukan seperti ini, tapi adu olah kanuragan dan kesaktian. Jika hanya mencabut tongkat itu buat apa aku jauh-jauh ke negeri tandus seperti ini?  Ujar Raden Kian Santang mengejek.


Kakek itu kembali tersenyum. “Anak muda, jika kau sanggup mencabut tongkat itu kau bisa mengalahkan Ali, jika tidak kembalilah kau ke negerimu anak sombong.” Kata orang tua itu.


Akhirnya Raden Kian Santang mendekati tongkat itu dan berusaha mencabutnya. Namun  upayanya tak berhasil. Semakin dia mencoba semakin kuat tongkat itu menghunjam.


Keringatnya bercucuran, sementara Ratu Rara Santang tampak khawatir dengan keadaan kakaknya, ketika tiba-tiba darah di tangan Raden Kian Santang menetes, dan menyadari bahwa orang tua yang di hadapan mereka bukan orang sembarangan.


Saat itu, lutut Raden Kian Santang bergetar dan dia merasa kalah. Ratu Rara Santang yang terus memperhatikan kakaknya segera membantunya, namun tongkat itu tetap tak bergeming, akhirnya mereka benar-benar mengaku kalah.


“Hai orang tua! Aku mengaku kalah dan aku tak mungkin sanggup melawan Ali. Melawan  dirimu pun aku tak bisa! Tapi ijinkan aku bertemu dengannya dan berguru kepadanya.” Ujar Raden Kian Santang.Kakek itu kembali tersenyum. “Anak muda! Jika Kau ingin bertemu Ali, maka akulah Ali.” Tiba-tiba mereka berdua bersujud kepada orang tua itu, namun tangan orang tua itu dengan cepat mencegah keduanya bersujud. “Jangan bersujud kepadaku anak muda! Bersujudlah kepada Zat yang menciptakanmu, yaitu Allah!”


Akhirnya mereka berdua mengikuti orang tua tersebut, yang ternyata Ali Bin Abi Tholib, ke Baitullah dan memeluk agama Islam.


Begitulah, Raden Kian Santang dan Ratu Rara Santang mempelajari Islam dengan sungguh-sungguh. Dalam perjalanannya Raden Kian Santang kembali ke pulau Jawa dan menyebarkan Islam di daerah Garut hingga meninggalnya. Sedangkan Ratu Rara Santang dipersunting oleh salah satu pangeran dari tanah Arab yang bernama Syarif Husen. Perkawinan antara Ratu Rara Santang dan Syarif Husen itu menghasilkan dua putra, yaitu Syarif Nurullah dan Syarif Hidayatullah. Syarif Nurullah menjadi penguasa Makkah saat itu, sedangkan Syarif Hidayatullah pergi ke Jawa untuk bertemu dengan ayah dan kakeknya.


Syarif Hidayatullah pamit untuk pergi ke Jawa dan ingin menyebarkan Islam ke sana. Dan pergilah Syarif Hidayatullah mengarungi samudera nan luas seperti halnya dulu ibu dan pamannya, Ratu Rara Santang dan Raden Kian Santang.


Setibanya di tanah Jawa, Syarif Hidayatullah tidak kesulitan berjumpa dengan ayah dan kakeknya. Namun Syarif Hidayatullah prihatin karena hingga saat itu kakeknya masih belum masuk ke dalam agama Islam dan tetap bersikukuh dengan agamanya yaitu agama Sunda Wiwitan, meski berbagai upaya terus dilakukan dan dia hanya berdoa semoga kakeknya suatu saat diberi hidayah oleh Allah.


Melihat keuletan cucunya dalam menyebarkan Agama Islam, Prabu Siliwangi memberikan tempat kepada cucunya sebuah hutan yang kemudian bernama Cirebon. Dan di sinilah pusat penyebaran Islam dimulai. Murid – muridnya kian bertambah dan Islam sangat cepat menyebar.


Dalam penyebarannya Syarif Hidayatullah mengembara ke ujung barat pulau Jawa, ke daerah kulon, tempat pendekar-pendekar banyak tersebar. Di Pandeglang ada Pangeran Pulosari dan pangeran Aseupan, juga terdapat Raja Banten yang terkenal sangat sakti, bahkan Raden Kian Santang pun segan kepadanya, yaitu Prabu Pucuk Umun, Raja Banten yang memiliki ilmu Lurus Bumi yang sangat sempurna, juga pukulan braja musti yang bisa menghancurkan gunung, bahkan menggetarkan bumi.


Rupanya Syarif Hidayatullah telah mengetahui kesaktian Prabu Pucuk Umun yang menguasai daerah itu. Untuk langsung mengajak Prabu Pucuk Umun masuk ke dalam Agama Islam sangat tidak mungkin, sebab Syarif Hidayatullah tahu Prabu Pucuk Umun mudah sekali murka, dan hal ini sangat berbahaya.


Dengan bersusah payah Syarif Hidayatullah menemui Pangeran Pulosari dan juga Pangeran Aseupan, yang merupakan sepupu dari Prabu Pucuk Umun, dan rupanya Pangeran Pulosari dan Pangeran Aseupan sangat tertarik dengan ajaran agama yang di bawa oleh cucu Raja Pajajaran itu, dan keduanya menganut agama Islam.


Masuknya kedua pangeran itu ke dalam agama yang dibawa Syarif Hidayatullah terdengar juga oleh Prabu Pucuk Umun, dan hal ini membuatnya murka. Tiba-tiba langit menjadi gelap, halilintar bergelegar bersahutan. Pangeran Aseupan dan Pangeran Pulosari memahami bahwa kakak sepupunya telah mengetahui masuknya mereka kepada agama yang dibawa Syarif Hidayatullah.


Dengan ilmu Lurus Buminya, Prabu Pucuk Umun memburu kedua pangeran yang menurutnya berkhianat itu, dan terjadilah perkelahian yang sangat dahsyat. Pangeran Pulosari dan Pangeran Aseupan berusaha mengelak dari serangan-serangan yang dilakukan kakak sepupunya itu. Namun kesaktian luar biasa yang dimiliki Prabu Pucuk Umun membuat mereka lari ke arah selatan, dan di sanalah Syarif Hidayatullah menunggu mereka, dan dengan luka yang diderita mereka, akhirnya mereka pun berlindung di belakang Syarif Hidayatullah.


Prabu Pucuk Umun berteriak: “Hai cucu Siliwangi! Jangan kau ganggu tanahku dengan agamamu, jangan kau usik ketenangan rakyatku, enyahlah kau dari sini sebelum kau menyesal dan berdosa kepada kakekmu.”


Dengan tersenyum Syarif Hidayatullah menjawab: “Aku diperintahkan oleh Allah untuk menyebarkan agama ini, karena agama ini bukan hanya untuk satu orang tapi untuk semua orang di dunia ini. Agama yang akan menyelamatkanmu.”


“Aku tidak menyukai basa-basimu anak lancang!” Teriak Prabu Pucuk Umun dengan lantang dan menggelegar, dan dari arah depan tiba-tiba angin berhembus sangat kencang, tampak Syarif Hidayatullah mundur beberapa langkah, sedangkan Pangeran Pulosari dan Pangeran Aseupan memasang kuda-kuda untuk menggempur serangan Prabu Pucuk Umun.


Pertarungan itu begitu dahsyatnya hingga Prabu Siliwangi dan Raden Kian Santang pun bersemedi memberikan energi kepada Syarif Hidayatullah.


Prabu Pucuk Umun merasakan panas yang teramat sangat, dia mengetahui bahwa serangannya telah berbalik arah kepadanya, dan dengan menggunakan Ilmu Lurus Bumi, Prabu Pucuk Umun melarikan diri, namun dengan sigap Pangeran Aseupan dan Pangeran Pulosari mengejarnya. Dengan menggunakan ilmu yang sama terjadilah kejar-kejaran antara ketiganya. Dan akhirnya, di puncak Gunung Karang, Prabu Pucuk Umun tertangkap, atas restu Prabu Siliwangi, Prabu Pucuk Umun tidak dibunuh, tapi dimasukan ke kerangkeng di bawah kawah Gunung Krakatau.


Prabu Pucuk Umun memiliki putri yang cantik dan juga memiliki kesaktian yang tidak kalah dengan ayahnya, bahkan lebih dari 1000 Jin di bawah pengaruhnya, dan dia bernama Ratu Kawunganten, Putri Prabu Pucuk Umun yang kemudian diperistri oleh Syarif Hidayatullah. Ratu Kawunganten pun masuk Islam dan berganti nama menjadi Siti Badariah.


Tidak berapa lama, Siti Badariah atau Ratu Kawunganten pun hamil, namun dia mengidam hal yang tidak wajar menurut pemikiran Syarif Hidayatullah, dia menginginkan daging manusia. Sontak, Syarif Hidayatullah pun kaget dan marah. “Isteriku, kau telah menganut agama Islam, keinginanmu itu terlarang.” Tandas Syarif Hidayatullah.


Namun isterinya tetap menginginkan daging manusia, dan Syarif Hidayatullah tak bisa berbuat banyak, beliau sangat marah dan meninggalkan isterinya dalam keadaan hamil dan kembali ke Cirebon.


Sepeninggal Syarif Hidayatullah, Siti Badariah atau Ratu Kawunganten kembali ke agama leluhurnya yaitu Agama Sunda Wiwitan, agama yang sudah menjadi darah dan dagingnya.


Ratu Kawunganten atau Siti Badariah pun melahirkan seorang putra, dan diberi nama Pangeran Sabakingking, seorang Pangeran yang suatu saat mendirikan Kesultanan Banten


Pangeran Sabakingking beranjak dewasa, dan dia menjadi pemuda yang gagah,  pemuda yang keras, berani dan memiliki kesaktian yang luar biasa, ilmu-ilmu kesaktian ibunya mengalir ke tubuhnya, lebih dari 1000 Jin takluk atas perintahnya. Pangeran Sabakingking tak pernah merasa takut kepada siapapun, dan hampir semua pendekar di tanah Banten pernah berhadapan dengannya.


Suatu hari, Pangeran Sabakingking dipanggil ibunya, karena ia harus mengetahui siapa ayahnya, Sabakingking pun menghadap ibunya.“Anakku, kau sudah dewasa dan sudah saatnya kau mengetahui siapa ayahmu. Ia berada di Cirebon dan telah menjadi Sultan di sana. Jika kau ke sana berikan tasbih ini kepadanya. Tasbih inilah yang dulu menjadi mahar perkawinan ibu dengan ayahmu.


Pergilah Pangeran Sabakingking menuju utara melewati hutan dan sungai, bukit bahkan gunung di tempat yang dituju Pangeran Sabankingking langsung menuju kesultanan Cirebon.


Di Kesultanan Cirebon itulah Pangeran Sabakingking melihat sebuah perbedaan yang mendasar. Terdengar suara adzan, serta alunan al Quran yang asing baginya, namun begitu menyejukkan hatinya. Tak berapa lama bertemulah Pangeran Sabakingking dengan seorang tua berjanggut panjang dengan mengenakan sorban. Orang tua itu tampak berwibawa dan memiliki sorot mata yang tajam. “Anak muda, ada keperluan apa kau ke sini? Tanya orang tua yang tak lain adalah Syarif Hidyayatullah itu.“Aku ingin bertemu dengan Syarif Hidayatullah dan menyerahkan tasbih ini dari ibuku.” Tasbih itu pun diterima Syarif Hidayatullah sembari menerawangkan matanya. “Apakah kau anak Kawunganten?” “Benar! Aku Sabakingking Putra Kawunganten!”


“Akulah Syarif Hidayatullah yang kaucari anak muda. Namun aku tidak begitu saja mengakui kau sebagai anakku, sebab ada syarat yang harus kau laksanakan.” “Apa itu?” Buatlah sebuah bangunan masjid lengkap dengan menaranya di Banten. Tapi ingat, hanya 1 malam saja. Jika  sampai muncul matahari dan perkerjaanmu belum selesai, jangan harap aku akan mengakui kau sebagai anakku.” Ujar Syarif Hidayatullah. “Baiklah! aku akan melaksanakan perintahmu.” Jika sudah selesai, kumandangkan adzan yang dapat kau dengar dari menaranya. Ingat, hanya dalam waktu 1 malam saja!”


Setelah mendengar perintah ayahnya, Pangeran Sabakingking bergegas meninggalkan Cirebon untuk kembali ke Banten. Setelah sampai di Banten diceritakanlah semua yang dialami selama di Cirebon kepada ibunya. Ibunya maphum dan bersedia membantu anaknya. Dipanggilah lebih dari 1000 jin sakti untuk membantu Pangeran Sabakingking, dan tepat saat matahari terbenam mereka mulai membangun fondasi Masjid di pesisir Banten. Semua bekerja dengan berbagai ilmu, lebih dari 1000 Jin dikerahkan, dan mendekati matahari terbit menara pun baru selesai. Saat itulah Pangeran Sabakingking menaiki menara dan mengumandangkan Adzan seperti apa yang ia dengar di Kesultanan Cirebon, dan dengan tenaga dalam yang nyaris sempurna, terdengarlah alunan adzan yang menggema hingga ke seluruh alam.


Mendengar suara adzan yang memiliki kekuatan yang luar biasa itu, Syarif Hidayatullah pun keluar dari keraton Kesultanan Cirebon dan segera memperhatikan arah suara itu, yang tak salah lagi itu adalah suara anaknya. Dan dengan ilmu Sancang, ilmu berlari cepat yang sulit diterima akal manusia, yang dimilikinya, hanya dalam waktu beberapa menit saja tibalah Syarif Hidayatullah ke Mesjid yang dibangun anaknya tersebut dan melakukan sholat subuh di sana.


Pangeran Sabakingking mengetahui datangnya seseorang yang masuk ke Mesjidnya, dan dia bergegas menuju ke dalam. Alangkah kagetnya Pangeran Sabakingking saat ternyata dihadapannya adalah Syarif Hidayatullah, ayahnya. “Anakku. Kau telah membangun Mesjid ini dengan baik, Mesjid ini akan menjadi pusat penyebaran agama yang kubawa dan kau adalah pemimpinnya.  Mulai hari ini namamu adalah Hasanudin. Dan bangunlah Kesultanan di sini, syiarkan Islam kepada rakyatmu.


Hasanudin pun membangun keraton di sekitar masjid yang dibangunnya, yang tidak berapa lama berdirilah keraton lengkap dengan singgasananya, untuk membantu penyebaran Islam di Banten, dan Syarif Hidayatullah memerintahkan rakyatnya untuk ikut membangun Banten. Berduyun-duyunlah rakyat Cirebon menuju Banten. Mereka disambut rakyat Banten dengan antusias, seakan-akan perbauran antara rakyat Cirebon dan penduduk asli itu seperti halnya perpaduan antara Muhajirin dan Anshor jaman Nabi Muhammad. Budaya dan bahasa yang hampir sama dengan Cirebon merupakan bukti otentik yang terwariskan hingga saat ini.


Sementara itu, Padjajaran setelah mangkatnya prabu Siliwangi pecah menjadi jadi dua kerajaan yaitu Kerajaan Pakuan dan Kerajaan Galuh. Kerajaan Pakuan di berikan kepada cucunya Ratu Dewata yang merupakan putri Raden Surawisesa yang dikenal dengan Pangeran Walangsungsang, salah seorang putra Prabu Siliwangi. Keinginan Kesultanan Cirebon untuk mengislamkan seluruh Kerajaan Padjajaran didukung penuh oleh Maulana Hasanudin, yang juga dibantu oleh putra mahkota yaitu Sultan Maulana Yusuf, yang merupakan hasil pernikahan Maulana Hasanudin dengan Ratu Ayu Kirana, Putri Sultan Trenggono dari Kesultanan Demak. Selain Maulana Yusuf, Maulana Hasanudin memiliki putri bernama Ratu Pembayun yang menikah dengan Tubagus Angke putra Ki Mas Wisesa Adimarta dimana Tubagus Angke merupakan panglima perang Banten yang nantinya memiliki putra bernama Pangeran Jayakarta, yang kelak menjadi pajabat Kesultanan Banten di Jakarta, di mana nama Jakarta diambil dari namanya. (*)




Selain memiliki warisan kekayaan budaya dan intelektual Sunda, Banten juga memiliki warisan kekayaan budaya dan intelektual berbahasa Jawa. Secara historis, sebagaimana dipaparkan para sejarawan dan arkeolog yang meneliti dan menulis tentang sejarah dan budaya Banten, semisal Claude Guillot, penggunaan bahasa Jawa di Banten sebenarnya tak hanya telah ada semenjak Kesultanan Banten berdiri. Namun jauh sebelum itu, yaitu pada abad ke-10 yang bermula di Kerajaan Hindu Banten Girang. Hal ini dibuktikan dengan ditemukannya prasasti yang bertitimangsa Prabu Sri Jayabupati yang menggunakan bahasa Jawa di Banten Girang dan di Cicatih Sukabumi yang dengan nyata menggunakan aksara dan bahasa Jawa.


Hanya saja, demikian lanjut Claude Guillot dalam bukunya yang berjudul Banten Sebelum Zaman Islam itu, penggunaan bahasa Jawa di Banten Girang itu memang sempat terputus, hingga akhirnya penggunaan bahasa Jawa di Banten mencapai periode mapannya bersamaan dengan berdirinya Kesultanan Banten hingga sekarang. Di jaman Kesultanan Banten ini, bahasa Jawa yang mulanya digunakan sebagai bahasa keraton, bahasa resmi perdagangan dan politik Kesultanan Banten, termasuk juga sebagai bahasa kesusastraan, lambat laun menjadi bahasa yang digunakan secara massif oleh masyarakat Banten, terutama masyarakat Banten di Banten Utara, semisal Cilegon, Serang, dan sebagain kecil wilayah Tangerang.


Hal itu merupakan sesuatu yang wajar, mengingat banyaknya kaum pendatang dari Cirebon, Demak, dan dari daerah lain, semisal Bali dan Jawa Timur menjadi penduduk dan masyarakat resmi Kesultanan Banten, hingga saat ini, selain masyarakat yang sudah sejak lama ada di Banten, yang di antaranya masyarakat yang bertutur bahasa Sunda. Bersamaan dengan itu pulalah, dengan sendirinya, berkembanglah bahasa dan budaya Jawa di Banten, yang kelak dikenal sebagai Jawa-Banten, tak terkecuali tumbuh dan berkembangnya folklore dan dolanan yang menggunakan tuturan bahasa Jawa di Banten tersebut, kemudian juga turut menjadi khasanah akulturasi dan penetrasi budaya dan bahasa Jawa di Banten tersebut.


Dan seperti umumnya dolanan dan folklore, selain sebagai unsur hiburan dan permainanan, sebenarnya terkandung juga di dalamnya rekaman historis dan psikologis dalam folklore dan dolanan yang hidup di dalam masyarakat, selain juga siratan kearifan, yang khusus dalam hal ini tercermin dalam folklore dan dolanan yang menggunakan tuturan bahasa Jawa di Banten. Ambil sebagai contohnya bunyi lagu dolanan berikut: “Iris-iris timun // timun giliran santri // tambing etan ana payung // payung wong lamaran // tae em em ta em em ta em em // sapa sing dadi ratune.” (Potong-potonglah buah timun // buah timun kepunyaan santri // di sebelah timur ada payung // payung orang yang mau melamar // ta em em ta em em ta em em // siapa yang jadi rajanya?).


Jika ditafsir secara bebas, bunyi lagu dolanan di atas sebenarnya menyiratkan suatu peristiwa historis Banten yang dikemas secara halus dalam nyanyian. Lagu dolanan tersebut seakan-akan hendak menceritakan, sekali lagi bila ini ditafsir secara bebas, terjadinya akulturasi budaya dan politik antara kaum migran dan lokal di Banten, di mana kaum migran dikiaskan sebagai seorang yang melamar. Atau bisa juga ditafsirkan bahwa lagu dolanan tersebut tengah menceritakan diangkatnya seorang raja di Banten, seperti tercermin dalam bait atau larik terakhir lagu dolanan itu sendiri: “Siapa yang jadi rajanya?”


Kesusastraan lisan masa silam, semisal lagu dolanan itu, selain hendak menceritakan kisah oral dari mulut ke mulut, sebenarnya dapat juga ditafsirkan sebagai ikhtiar sebuah masyarakat untuk merekam sejarah mereka sendiri. Sebab, seringkali folklore dan dolanan, selain tentu saja dapat mencerminkan kandungan psikologis masyarakatnya atau yang menjadi dunia rasa seperti harapan, keinginan, dan cita-cita mereka sebagai masyarakat dan manusia, tersirat juga relevansi historis tentang bagaimana kondisi sosial dan kesejarahan folklore dan lagu dolanan. Bukan hanya itu saja, dengan membaca dan menyimak folklore dan lagu dolanan, kita juga dapat mengetahui bagaimana kondisi dan suasana kehidupan masa silam masyarakat: “Kijing-kijing mati // matine ning pinggirkali // cecindil sing ngadusi, kekunang sing ngedamari // cecebong sing nangisi, baye sing ngiliri!”


Lagu dolanan di atas, meski tentu saja diciptakan sudah lama dan dalam konteks yang berlainan, mengingatkan saya ketika saya masih bocah yang mencari kijing (makhluk hidup yang hidup di sungai) ketika air sungai surut bersama banyak orang dan teman-teman saya sendiri. Jika demikian, folklore dan dolanan, salah-satunya, memang secara langsung menceritakan kehidupan sebuah masyarakat sembari dimaksudkan sebagai kiasan yang hendak mendedahkan kearifan. Dan karena sifatnya yang alegoris itulah, folklore dan dolanan juga sebenarnya dapat ditafsirkan secara bebas alias tak mesti ditafsirkan sebagai satu arti atau satu makna saja. Semisal lagu Kijing-kijing, itu sebagai contohnya, seolah hendak mendedahkan sebuah sindiran tanpa harus membuat yang disindirnya merasa tersinggung.


Selain mengandung aspek psikologis dan historis, yang tentu juga kandungan kearifan yang umum sifatnya, ada juga folklore dan lagu dolanan yang hendak menyindir, mengejek, sekaligus memotivasi atau menyemangati siapa saja atau seseorang yang ragu-ragu dan kurang memiliki tekad untuk berbuat sesuatu, semisal dicontohkan lagu dolanan yang berjudul Sumbul Bamban berikut: “Sumbul bamban sumbul bamban // Isine bebotok doang // Subuh dandan subuh dandan // Bisane dodok doang.” Lagu dolanan ini juga sebenarnya multi-tafsir. Contohnya kita bisa saja menerjemahkannya sebagai sindirian kepada seorang perempuan yang malas dan terlampau senang berhias atau berdandan hingga sehari-harinya malas bekerja atau hanya duduk-duduk saja.


Atau kita juga bisa menafsirkan dan menerjemahkan lagu dolanan tersebut sebagai ejekan dan sindiran kepada seseorang yang meski telah rajin berdandan dan berhias, ternyata tak bisa berbuat apa-apa untuk memikat lawan jenisnya. Ragam tafsir itu sah-sah saja mengingat folklore dan lagu dolanan memang banyak yang tidak terlampau verbal alias yang secara saklek hendak mengemukakan apa yang dimaksudkan dan diceritakannya secara jelas atau rigid. Hingga kira-kira, di situ pulalah, terletak kearifan dan kekuatan literer folklore dan dolanan itu sendiri sebagai sebuah khasanah kesusastraan sekaligus historiografis dan psikologis masyarakat yang memproduksi dan menuturkan folklore dan dolanan tersebut.


Dalam folklore dan dolanan, kearifan masyarakat, sebagai contohnya, diaplikasikan dan diterjemahkan ke dalam nyanyian dan permainan. Dan selain memiliki maksud pedagogik dan memiliki kandungan yang sifatnya historis, folklore dan dolanan juga dapat menjadi cerminan rasa dan apa yang ada dalam jiwa, atau katakanlah aspek psikologis, masyarakat yang memproduksi dan menuturkannya, seperti dicontohkan lagu dolanan bahasa Jawa Banten berikut, yang pada saat bersamaan mengandung aspek pedagogik, psikologis, dan historiografis:


“Pitik tulak pitik tukung // tetulak si jabang bayi, // ngadohaken cacing racak, // sawan sarab pan sumingkir,  si tukang merkungkung arsa, // tetulak si jabang bayi. // Ngingu pitik berangbung, // tulak walik rob jaladri, // wulane amantya warna, // abang ireng putih kuning, // sing tukang majoni marga, // tulak walik aneng wuri. // Yen lara tan tambane pun, // godong pasrah ing Yang Widi, // brangbang lega ing manah, // adas lawan Pulosari, // lawan sinandingan do;a, // puraging jabang bayi. // Si Jabang bayi puniku, // kekasihing sukma jati, // rinaksa ing malaikat, // kinipasan widadari, // ginendeng para oliya, // pinayungan kanjeng nabi. // Jabang bayi agi turu, // pungpung raine becik, // ana ule lan kelabang, // ana lamuk memedeni, //lah uwis agi turuwa, // ana kokok beluk muni. // Ana kinjeng-tangis mabur, // miber ing kayangan niki, // angrungu tangis si jabang, // anulye si kinjeng balik, // ngetokaken kang memala // tumungkul sarwi cempuni.


Sebagai penutup tulisan ini, seperti diungkapkan Dr. Mufti Ali dari Bantenologi, ada satu paparan menarik yang diutarakan Mas Mangoen Dikaria tentang lagu dolanan Jawa-Banten yang berjudul Gegempalang, yang bunyinya sebagai berikut: Gegempalang wohing aren gelondong // wohing penjalin // umah-umah Banjar Kulon // kulon-kulon sekedaton // kedatone kupat kuning // kupat kuning kayu andong // andong kayu ketumpang // ketumpang lalawuh urang // dening rangde lusuh kembang. Menurut Mas Mangoen Dikaria, lagu dolanan ini menjelaskan tentang taksonomi tumbuhan, tanaman, dan sejumlah toponimi atau nama tempat. Kata gegempalang artinya adalah buah enau yang sudah tua atau wohing aren. Sementara gelondong adalah rotan atau wohing penjalin, dan kedaton artinya keraton. Sedangkan kayu andong dan ketumpang merujuk pada sejenis tanaman yang kayunya dipakai sebagai tumbak dan sejenis tanaman dengan batang kecil yang berdaun lebar dan biasanya dapat dipakai sebagai obat. Dan rangde kembang berarti janda yang masih muda.


Akan tetapi, menurut Mas Mangoen Dikaria, seperti diungkapkan kembali oleh Dr. Mufti Ali dari Bantenologi, lagu dolanan ini sebenarnya mengandung makna sindiran jika dipahami secara mendalam. Lagu dolanan ini, salah-satunya, memberikan gambaran ilustratif tentang kemaluan pria dan wanita. Gegempalang menurut Mas Mangoen Dikaria sesungguhnya bermakna “gegem palang”, di mana kata “gegem” merujuk pada kayu yang bentuknya seperti bagian belakang kura-kura, bagian pinggirnya rendah dan tengahnya cembung, yang akan mengingatkan kita kepada bentuk kemaluan perempuan. Sementara “wohing aren” atau buah enau, ketika masih muda disebut cengkaleng, yang bilang dilafalkan sukukata akhirnya saja maka akan berbunyi “leng” yang artinya lubang.


Selanjutnya, gelondong artinya jaro atau kepala desa, yang penyebutannya hampir sama dengan kata jero (dalam). Wohing penjalin atau buah rotan disebut kesur yang hampir sama bunyinya dengan susur (tembakau yang digunakan untuk membersihkan gigi) yang biasanya ditempatkan di antara dua bibir. Sedangkan umah-umah maksudnya adalah posisi atau tempat susur tersebut, dan banjar berbanjar atau berbaris. Kulon artinya kilen atau kekalen dan sekedaton artinya seperti kedaton (keraton) raja-raja dahulu yang biasanya berada di ujung kampung atau perkampungan. Lalu, kupat kuning atau ketupat kuning sering disebut juga koja berukuran segitiga, karena ada kupat jantung yang bentuknya seperti jantung. Kayu andong biasa dipakai untuk tombak. Jadi, menurut Mas Mangoen Dikaria, kupat kuning dan kayu andong dalam lagu dolanan gegempalang itu merujuk pada kemaluan laki-laki. Dan pelafalan andong hampir mirip dengan gendong, dan pelafalan ketumpang hampir mirip dengan numpang.


Jika demikian, menurut Mas Mangun Dikaria, salah-satu makna tersembunyi dari lagu dolanan gegempalang tersebut adalah bahwa lagu dolanan itu sebenarnya sedang menggambarkan adegan intim seorang pria dengan seorang janda kembang. Makna dan maksud tersembunyi tersebut, setidak-tidaknya, telah menunjukan kearifan orang-orang Banten masa lalu dalam menggubah sebuah nyanyian yang mengandung kiasan dan sindiran, yang tak ragu lagi telah mencerminkan tingginya kearifan dan kemahiran literer masyarakat Banten di masa lalu.


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Sumber: Harian Radar Banten 15 Februari 2013


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Carel Reyniersz



Portrait of Carel Reyniersz

Carel Reyniersz (1604–1653) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1650 until 1653.

Reyniersz (or Reiniersz) was born in Amsterdam in 1604 (or perhaps 1602). He left for the Indies in 1627 as Upperbuyer (opperkoopman) on the Dutch Coromandel (Karnataka). He was promoted to Governor of the Coromandel Coast in 1635, even though he had been accused of engaging in (forbidden) private/personal trading. In 1636 he became Counsellor-extraordinary (Raad extra-ordinair) of the Dutch Council of the Indies. He returned to Amsterdam as Admiral of the returning fleet in 1638 and established himself as a merchant there. However, he lost his entire fortune, so left again, this time aboard the Salamander, for India on 24 April 1645. He arrived there on 3 December 1645. The following year, 1646, he became a full Counsellor of the Indies.

His allocated task was to carry out a new policy in the Indies. Most importantly, he was, as far as possible to eliminate sources of competition. He was to take action against private trading and to deal with too much production of spices by having trees cut down. Reinier stuck strictly to this policy, which lead to much conflict in West Ceram, where the population would not accept the destruction of their plantations. It took until 1658 for the area to be pacified.

Four years after Reyniersz become a Counsellor, Governor-General Cornelis van der Lijn received an honorable discharge (sic) and on 26 April 1650, Reyniersz was named his successor, a task he very much looked forward to. Four years later he was dismissed. The governors of the company were not pleased by the weakness of his rule. There still exists in the Netherlands his letter of dismissal. It indicates he was being dismissed because he had been unable to carry out the duties of his office, particularly maintaining peace. The letter was never sent, because Reynier had already written to the Seventeen Lords (Heren XVII) asking to be relieved of his office on health grounds. This letter arrived just before his dismissal letter was to be sent. The Seventeen Lords willingly agreed to his request, though he died before their response reached him, on the night of 18/19 May 1653. He was buried in Batavia, Dutch East Indies and was succeed as Governor-General by Joan Maetsuycker.


Joan Maetsuycker



Joan Maetsuycker, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Painting by Jacob Jansz. Coeman in the Rijksmuseum

Joan Maetsuycker (October 14, 1606, Amsterdam – January 24, 1678, Batavia) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1653 to 1678.

Maetsuycker studied law in Leuven, and was a lawyer first in The Hague, and later in Amsterdam. From 1636, he lived in the Dutch East Indies. In 1646 he became the first Dutch Governor-General of Ceylon, and seven years later, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. He stayed on that post for 25 years, which is the longest period for any Governor-General. The Dutch colony in the Indies flourished under Maetsuycker. Under his rule, the Portuguese lost Ceylon (1658), the coast of Coromandel (1658) and Malabar (1663); Makassar was conquered (1667), the west coast of Sumatra was occupied, and the first expedition to the interior of Java was held.







It is said (but the fact will admit of much doubt) that in 1660 she was inclined to marry one of their countrymen, and would have carried her design into execution had not the East India Company prevented by their authority a connexion that might, as they prudently judged, be productive of embarrassment to their affairs.



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States of western Borneo, ca 1800

Sulawesi and Maluku (The Moluccas)

Like Nusatenggara, the island of Sulawesi offers only a sparse historical and archaeological record before the 17th century. By the 14th century, states had begun to form in the southwestern peninsula (generally called South Sulawesi), but because there appears to have been little Indic cultural influence in this process, there are no significant inscriptions from this era. In 1300, the main states were Luwu’ (by tradition the oldest state in the region) and Soppeng, both of them consisting of powerful centres dominating a number of surrounding lesser states, including Sidenreng and Lamuru. Soppeng’s power seems to have been based especially on the export of rice, while Luwu’ exported iron from the interior. In the late 15th century, Soppeng appears to have declined in power, while Wajo’ emerged as junior member of an alliance with Luwu’. The dominance of Luwu’, however, was checked by the rise of Bone in the early 16th century, while a new power arose in the south in the form of Gowa. Little is known about the other peninsulas of Sulawesi in this period.


In 1700

Sukadana (Matan)

suffered defeat in the war with the Hedgehog (vazal Bantam). Hedgehogs assisted Bantam and VOCs, so the porcupine and Sukadana Banten claims (mostly West Kalimantan) as its territory

Joan van Hoorn



Zijn portret door Cornelis de Bruijn.

Joan van Hoorn (1653–1711) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1704 until 1709.

Joan (or Johan) van Hoorn was born on 16 November 1653, son to the wealthy Amsterdam gunpowder manufacturer, Pieter Janszn van Hoorn and his wife Sara Bessels, a grandchild of Gerard Reynst. As the gunpowder trade was no longer doing so well, his influential friends got him named as Counsellor-extraordinary (Raad extraordinair) to the Dutch Council of the Indies. The whole family left for the Indies in 1663, including Joan.

In 1665, when he was still only 12 years old, Joan van Hoorn was already Under-assistant (onder-assistant) in the Dutch East India Company (VOC). From July 1666 until January 1668, he accompanied his father on a mission to China, where he was received by the Kangxi Emperor. Thereafter, Van Hoorn made rapid progress in his career. He became Assistant (assistent) in 1671, Underbuyer (onderkoopman) in 1673, Buyer (koopman) and First Clerk to the general secretarial function in 1676. He was made Secretary to the High Government (Hoge Regering) of the Indies in 1678. On 11 August 1682 he became Counsellor-extraordinary to the Council of the Indies. In that same year he was sent on a visit to Bantam. He was also named President of the Weeskamer (overseeing the estates of orphans, etc.). In 1684, he became President of the College van Heemraden (looking after land boundaries, roads, etc.). A further visit to Bantam took place in 1685, following which he was named full Counsellor (Raad ordinair) of the Indies.

In 1691 Van Hoorn married Anna Struis. They had a daughter, Petronella Wilhelmina. She later married Jan Trip, the Mayor’s son. A later marriage saw Petronella married to the extremely wealthy Lubbert Adolf Torck, Lord of Roozendael.

Van Hoorn became Director-General in 1691. In this post, he completely reorganised the Company’s administration. Following the death of his wife, he remarried, in 1692, this time to Susanna, the daughter of the then Governor-General Willem van Outhoorn. He himself was named, on 20 September 1701, as Governor-General in succession to his father-in-law. However, he declined to accept the post until three other high officials (Mattheus de Haan, Hendrick Zwaardecroon and de Roo), nominated by him, were admitted to the High Government of the Indies. He did this as he had no faith in the existing Council. The Seventeen Lords (Heren XVII) acceded to this demand and on 15 August 1704, Joan van Hoorn accepted the post of Governor General.

The early years of Joan van Hoorn’s term of office were marked by the war then raging – the First Javanese War of Succession (1704 – 1708) . At first the Company wanted to stay out of the conflict, but eventually they had to take sides. In 1705, Joan van Hoorn concluded an agreement with Mataram, which ceded West Java to the Company. Joan van Hoorn experimented with coffee plantation. Prices were determined by the merchants at Mocha so to do something about this, the Company tried growing coffee in other regions. Subsequently, there was great expansion of coffee growing, especially in the Priangan uplands near Batavia.


Tuanku Panglima Gandar Wahid lahir dikerajaan deli.

On 16 November 1706,

 following the death of Susanna, Van Hoorn re-married, this time to Joanna Maria van Riebeeck, oldest daughter of the then Director-General Abraham van Riebeeck. She was also the widow of Gerard de Heere, who had been Counsellor of the Indies and Governor of Ceylon. A son was born on 2 February 1708, but he died shortly afterwards.

On 2 March 1708,

Joan van Hoorn’s request to leave post was granted. On 30 October 1709, he handed over the post to his father-in-law Abraham van Riebeeck. Despite his further request to remain in the Indies, he was recalled to the Netherlands, as Commander of the returning fleet. He bought a very pleasant house on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. The Heren XVII presented him with a gold chain and medallion. He died six months following his return on 21 February 1711. He was buried in the evening, as was then the fashion.






Christoffel van Swoll

Christoffel van Swoll (1663 – 12 November 1718) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 17 November 1713 until his death.

He was born in 1663 in Amsterdam. On 19 December 1683, he left for Batavia on board the Juffrouw Anna as an assistant in the service of the Dutch East India Company. He arrived in Batavia on 19 June 1664 and began working in the General Secretariat. He was regularly promoted. In 1686 he was promoted to Accountant, in 1690 to First Clerk to the General Secretariat, and in 1691 to Buyer. In 1696, he was appointed as Secretary to the High Government (de Hoge Regering). In 1700 he became Raad extra-ordinair (Counsellor extraordinary) and President of the College van Weesmeesteren (an orpanage). In 1701 he was named Raad ordinair van Indië (Full Counsellor of the Indies). On 3 May 1703 he became President of the College van Schepenen (Aldermen) at Batavia. Following the death of Governor-General Abraham van Riebeeck, the Council (Raad) chose van Swoll, by a slim majority, as Governor-General (on 17 November 1713). This proposal was sent to the 17 Lords of the Indies (de Heren XVII) on 18 May 1714 who confirmed his appointment in 1715, despite his difficulty character. His honesty was the deciding factor in those times of corruption and maladministration.

As Governor-General, he put a lot of energy into dealing with the private, or unofficial, trade. In this he was not really successful. In general, there was nothing particularly remarkable about his time in office. He was no great promoter of development, such as extending coffee farming. He was also against extending the territory of the Company, because he thought it would then become ungovernable.He suddenly dropped the price the Chinese got for tea by a third. The result was that the trade in tea (and porcelain) collapsed for years.

Four years after his provisional appointment as Governor-General, he died in Batavia on 12 November 1718. He was buried in the Church of the Holy Cross (Kruiskerk). His successor was named as Hendrick Zwaardecroon.



Hendrick Zwaardecroon

Hendrick or Henricus Zwaardecroon (26 January 1667, Rotterdam – 12 August 1728, Batavia, Dutch East Indies) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1718 until 1725.

[edit] Early career

Zwaardecroon left for the East Indies as a midshipman aboard the Purmer in December 1684 and arrived in Batavia in October 1685. During the trip he had several times been employed as secretary to Commissioner-General Van Rheede, which enabled him to make quick progress in his career with the Dutch East India Company (VOC). In 1686 he became Bookkeeper (boekhouder) and subsequently Underbuyer (onderkoopman). In 1694, he was promoted to Buyer (koopman) and in 1694 to Senior Buyer (opperkoopman). In the same year he was appointed Commander (commandeur) in Jafnapatham in Ceylon. He was Commissioner (commissaris) on the Malabar Coast and acting Governor of Ceylon in 1697. He became, in 1703, Secretary to the High Government of the Indies (Hoge Regering) in Batavia, and in 1704, through the influence of the Governor-General, Joan van Hoorn, an extraordinary member of the Dutch Council of the Indies (Raad van de Indië). Through that membership, and later because the Governor-General Christoffel van Swoll had been trying to get him removed from the Council, preferably by promotion elsewhere, it took until 1715 before the Seventeen Lords (Heren XVII) named him as full member (gewoon lid).

[edit] Governor-general of the Dutch East Indies

The day after the death of Christoffel van Swoll, on 12 November 1718, Zwaardecroon was named Governor-General. Only on 10 September 1720, was he confirmed in this post. His dismissal, by his own desire, came on 16 October 1724, though he handed the actual office to Mattheus de Haan only on 8 July 1725.

During his term of office, Zwaardecroon had to deal with a lot of unrest in Batavia, including arson in the dockyards and an attack on the gunpowder stores. The wealthy Pieter Eberveld, had inherited some land from his father. The government laid claim to a part of this estate. Eberveld planned an attack on the Dutchmen but some of his slaves warned the government and the attack was thwarted. He confessed on the rack and was condemned to death, along with other plotters. His house was destroyed and a wall erected around where it had stood.[1] His head was stuck on a lance and attached to the wall. A stone with an inscription was erected, indicating that never again would anything be built on that spot. [2] It was only removed during the Japanese occupation (World War II).

Zwaardecrood had always had a great interest in developing new products. He encouraged coffee-planting in Priangan in Java so that coffee production grew quickly. From 1723, the whole of the harvest had to be delivered to the Company. Then Zwaardecroon introduced silk production into Java as well as the production of vegetable dyes. Silk production was not so successful. In 1772 he re-established the Chinese tea trade, which had been disrupted.

In 1719, Pakubuwono I of Kartasura in East Java died and was succeeded by his son, Amangkurat IV. Two of his brothers did not recognise his succession and rose in revolt, attacking Kartasura. This was repulsed by the Dutch occupying troops, but Zwaardecroon felt himself compelled to send more troops to East Java. The revolt was put down by 1723, but it took until 1752 until real peace was restored in the area. (Second Javanese War of Succession 1719 – 1723 [3]). Zwaardecroon took action against private traders, and thus got better relations with local Company top shareholders (Bewindhouders). In 1726, he had 26 Company servants brought to Batavia on charges of corruption.

Zwaardecroon died on 12 August 1738 in his estate at Kaduang near Batavia. He said he felt more at home with ordinary townsfolk, and so at his request he was not buried with his predecessors as Governor-General, but in the graveyard of the Portuguese Church Outside the Walls at Batavia (Portuguese Buitenkerk) in Batavia, where his grave can still be visited


Mattheus de Haan

Mattheus de Haan (1663 – 1729) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1725 to 1729. (His portrait can be seen at [1]).

He was born in Dordrecht in 1663. On 26 October 1671 he left for the Indies, where his father had been appoined as Underbuyer (onderkoopman) in the Dutch East India Company (VOC). He then quickly went through posts in the lower levels of that organisation in Dutch Suratte. There, in 1676, he was made Provisional Assistant (provisioneel assistent), and in 1681 he became assistent. He became Bookkeeper (boekhouder) in 1683, and, in 1685, onderkoopman (Underbuyer/Undermerchant). Ten years later, in 1695, he was promoted to Buyer/Merchant (koopman). The next year he had to move to Batavia, to take up the post of Second Senior Buyer (tweede opperkoopman) in the Company’s headquarters there. Two years later, in 1698, he was promoted to First Senior Buyer (eerste opperkoopman). He became Secretary (secretaris) to the High Government of the Indies in 1700 and, in 1702, Vice-President of the Council of Justice. He was made a Counsellor-extraordinary (Raad extraordinair) of the Dutch Council of the Indies in 1704. He was then appointed President of the College van Schepenen in 1705. Five years later, he was made full Counsellor of the Indies and in 1722 he became Director-General. On 16 October 1724 he was nominated Governor-General, taking over from Henrick Zwaardecroon on 8 July 1725.

Characteristic of his time in office was his opposition Zwaardecroon’s encouragement of silk cultivation. Coffee production in the de Preanger region (the Priangan fr:Priangan uplands to the south of Batavia) went enormously well and de Haan felt that this would lead to a decline in coffee prices in Europe, so he lowered the prices paid to the coffee farmers. Their response was to chop down some of the coffee plantations. This was not what was intended, and De Haan forbade it. Meanwhile, there was further heavy damage to the production of coffee. Coffee from Java went mainly to Europe. They never managed to get into the Asian market. Coffee from Mocha took off there, as did the Arabic coffee of the English. No action was taken against this. The English also began to play a more important role in the cotton and tea trade.

Following a very unremarkable term in office (De Haan had all his life been more interested in repose than in action), the Governor-General died, after lying ill for three days, on 1 June 1729. He was buried in Batavia and was followed as Governor-General by Diederik Durven.


Tuanku Panglima Penderap Sultan Deli II wafat, dan dimakamkan dipulau berayan.Pada waktu memilih penerus kerajan Deli, timbul perselisihan antara keempat putera sultan Deli II Panglima Penderap, Tuanku Jalaludin sebagai putra pertama tidak dapat menjadi penerus karena ada cacat dimatanya, Tuanku Pasutan sangat berambisi menjadi sultan deli, terjadilah perselisihan diantara mereka, Tuanku Umar Johan bersama ibunya Tuanku Puan sampali  diusir  keSerdang ,sedangkan Tuanku Gandar Wahid sebagai  Raja deli V’

Pasutan tahun 1728 memindahkan  pusat kerjaan dari Padang datar  sebutan kota meedan saat itu ke Kampung Alai sebutan dari Lahuan deli saat itu.Untuk memperkuat dirinya dia mengangkat gelar datuk kepada 4 suku  yang dikenal dengan nama Datuk empat suku yaitu : Datuk XII kota(daerah hamparan Perak dan sekitarnya), Datuk Sebarnyaman( daerah sunggal dan sekitarnya), Datuk Senembah (Daerah Patumbak,Tanjung Morawa dan sekitarnya0, Datuk suka Piring (daerah Kampung Baru dan medan sekitarnya)

Pada Masa  Tuanku Pasutan ini  Kerajaan siak XSri inderaPura berperang dengan kerajaan Aceh untuk merebut  Kerajaan Deli.

Diederik Durven



Diederik Durven

Diederik Durven (born Delft, 1676, died 26 February 1740) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1 June 1729 until 28 May 1732

Durven studied Law at Leiden University where he graduated in 19 July 1702. He became an advocate in Delft in 1704. In 1705, he was nominated as a member of the Council of Justice at Batavia in the Indies. He left for Batavia on the “Grimmestein” on the 4 January 1706. In 1706, he arrived in Batavia. After his appointment in 1720 to the Council of the Indies, he was sent, in 1722 and 1723, to supervise the gold- and silver-mines in Parang province. Subsequently, he became(in 1723) chairman of the College van Heemraden (i.e. drainage board, comparable to a polder board in the Dutch Republic), which was responsible for the management of land outside the city, including supervision of boundaries. He later become President of the Council of Justice – the supreme court of Dutch Asia. In 1729, Mattheus de Haan died. Diederik Durven succeeded him as provisional Governor-General. This did not last long, as the Directors of the East India Company were very impatient of the speed of change there. Following alleged financial misbehaviour, though more probably as a scapegoat, he was dismissed on 9 October 1731. Diederik Durven died in the Netherlands on 26 February 1740. He was succeeded by Dirck van Cloon.


Dirck van Cloon



Dirck van Cloon as Governor General of the Indies

Dirck van Cloon (1684 – 10 March 1735) was Eurasian Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. He died of malaria at the age of 46.

He was born in Batavia sometime in 1684. For his education and training he was sent to the Netherlands. He graduated in Law at Leiden University on 1 April 1707.

He returned he to Batavia on the clipper ‘Donkervliet’ and spent some time in Dutch Coromandel. He was among other things a district overseer in Sadraspatnam. He got into a fight with the governor of Coromandel, Adriaan de Visser, who accused Van Cloon of delivering bad quality goods. The government in Batavia sent Van Cloon back to the Netherlands, but he persuaded the Directors of the Dutch East India Company that de Visser was not to be trusted. Van Cloon was reinstated and he left for the Indies on 4 November 1719 on board the ‘van de Huis te Assenburg’ as Supercargo. In 1720, he became district chief at Negapatnam. In 1723, he became Governor of Dutch Coromandel. In 1724, he returned to Batavia to advise the Governor-General and in 1730, he became “Raad-ordinair” (chief advisor) of the Indies.

On the 9th of October 1731 the Directors of the Dutch East India Company named Dirck van Cloon Governor-General of the Indies, to which he succeed on 28 May 1732, following the disgrace of Diederik Durven. By 20 December 1733 van Cloon was asking to resign because of sickness. He died in post, however, and it was not until after he had died that his successor took over. Van Cloon was involved in a stand-off with the nascent Swedish East India Company, but he resolved it amicably. Less happy was an insurrection of unemployed Chinese sugar plantation workers. This was caused by the collapse of the sugar market, due to over-production and government mishandling.


Abraham Patras



Governor General Abraham Patras

Abraham Patras (22 May 1671 – 3 May 1737) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 11 March 1735 until 3 May 1737. He was born in Grenoble of a refugee French Huguenot family. In 1685, his family fled to the Netherlands.

[edit] Early career

Patras first took a job in the offices of an Amsterdam merchant named Nathaniël Gauthier (a fellow Huguenot), but he left for the Indies aboard the Hobree on 4 January 1690, where he is described as a soldier in the employ of the Enkhuizen branch of the Dutch East India Company. In 1691, he sought a change of career and got a temporary post as an agent in Batavia. In 1695 he became assistant/secretary to the Chinese estates-management administration in Ambon Island. In 1698 he was put in charge of children and matrimonial matters. He married in 1699 to a daughter of an official of the Judicial Council in Ambon. His wife died on the 16 December 1700. His only daughter also died young.

[edit] Rising through the ranks

Patras was nominated to the Council of Justice in 1700, and in 1703, he went to work as under-secretary (onderkoopman) for the Governor of the Moluccas Islands. In 1707, he became the Head (opperhoofd) of the trading post at Jambi, where his headquarters were attacked. Although severely wounded in the back, he survived. He was merchant, then Chief Factor in Palembang in 1711. In 1717, he was promoted to Chief Merchant (opperkoopman) and Office holder (gezaghebber) of the west coast of Sumatra. It was 1720 that saw him promoted to Inspector General of Accounts for the Dutch East Indies (visitateur-generaal van Nederlands-Indië). In 1721, he was sent as an envoy to Jambi. In 1722, he was appointed deputee-overseer of goods coming in and out of the castle at Batavia. In 1724, he got the very lucrative post of Head of the Dutch Bengal trading post. In 1731, he was appointed as extraordinary (i.e. co-opted) member of the Council of the Indies.

[edit] Governor-General

On the 10 March 1735 on the death of Governor-General Dirck van Cloon, Patras very surprisingly was nominated Governor-General. He had never been a full member of the Council of the Indies, so this was a first, and was caused by him slipping through as a compromise candidate following a stalemate in the voting. He was not keen to take on the post in these circumstances, but agreed to do so until a better candidate could be found. On 11 March 1735 he was nominated interim Governor-General, a decision which was approved by the Directors of the East India Company.

During his short period of office, no significant decisions were made. Although he was a competent leader and had built up a great deal of practical knowledge of the territories, his age (at 64) probably ensured that he was not a very powerful Governor-General.

He died two years after his appointment during the night of 3 May 1737. He was buried in Batavia on 6 May 1737. He was a pious and good-hearted man who had lived a very modest life. The governor-generalship was taken over by Adriaan Valckenier.\\




Adriaan Valckenier



Adriaan Valckenier

Adriaan Valckenier (6 June 1695, Amsterdam – 20 June 1751, Batavia, Dutch East Indies), was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 3 May 1737 until 6 November 1741 and involved in the Chinese Massacre of 1740. Valckenier died in a prison in Batavia.

[edit] Biography

Valckenier’s father, an alderman and secretary in Amsterdam, was an official of the Dutch East India Company based in Amsterdam. He was the son to Gillis Valckenier, one of the great regents of Amsterdam during the later Dutch Golden Age. On 22 October 1714, Adriaan left on board the ‘Linschoten’ to be assistant buyer (onderkoopman) in the Dutch East Indies, where he arrived on 21 June 1715 at Batavia.

In 1726, he became merchant and chief buyer (opperkoopman); in 1727 he was “Accountant General” (boekhouder-generaal) of the Dutch Indies; in 1730, he was first appointed to the Council of the Indies (Raad extra-oridinair), and, in 1733, as a full “Councillor”. In 1736, he was made “First Councillor” and “Director-General”, but was beaten to the post of Governor General by Abraham Patras. On the latter’s death, he was named Governor General by the Council of the Indies on 3 May 1737.

[edit] The Chinese Massacre of 1740

Main article: 1740 Batavia massacre

It was during the rule of Adriaan Valckenier that the notorious slaughter of Chinese took place in Batavia (the so-called Chinese Massacre). A previous Governor General (Henricus Zwaardecroon) had encouraged many Chinese to come to Batavia. Something between 20% and 50% of the population were Chinese. They worked in the construction of the houses and fortifications of Batavia and on the sugar plantations outside the city. Many Chinese merchants also took a leading, if (from the Dutch point of view) illegal, role in the trade with China. From 1725 the sugar trade began to collapse (partly because of competition from Brazil).[citation needed] Unemployment in the countryside grew, and along with that, unrest. This spread to Batavia as unemployed Chinese left the countryside to seek work or food relief there. The authorities were alarmed at this and began issuing residence permits, and requiring those with permits to live in specific areas. Unrest grew to a full scale insurrection in the countryside in September 1740, when the Dutch had suggested transporting unemployed Chinese to other Dutch colonies in Ceylon and South Africa. A rumour spread that they would all be thrown overboard en route, and riots in the countryside exploded

The Dutch authorities were afraid that the Chinese within Batavia were collaborating with the insurrection and, over the 9 and 10 October, brutal searches were made of Chinese areas, in which many thousands were killed, often after having been arrested. This “massacre” lasted three days, followed by many more days of looting and arson, with no obvious attempt on the government’s part to stop the violence. One estimate is that between 5,000 and 10,000 Chinese (men, women and children) were killed in total


Johannes Thedens



Johannes Thedens (1680, Friedrichstadt – 19 March 1748, Batavia) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 6 November 1741 until 28 May 1743.

Thedens, born in a largely Dutch settlement in Schleswig-Holstein, sailed on 17 December 1697 as a soldier aboard the ‘’’Unie’’’ to the Dutch East Indies. In 1702 he was appointed to the post of ‘’’Assistant’’’ in the Dutch East India Company and in 1719, to ‘’’Buyer’’’ (‘’’koopman’’’). He then progressed (between 1723 and 1725) up through the ranks to ‘’’Chief Buyer’’’ (‘’’opperkoopman’’’) then ‘’’Head of Post’’’ (opperhoofd) at Deshima in Japan.[1]

In 1731, he was co-opted to the Council of the Indies and in 1736, he was made a full member (‘’’Raad-ordinair of Indie’’’). In 1740 he was appointed by the Directors as a ‘’’First Councillor and Director General’’’ of the Indies. On 6 November 1741, following the dismissal of Adriaan Valckenier, (whom he had arrested and placed in prison in the castle at Batavia), he became ‘’’interim’’’ Governor General . He continued in office up to 28 May 1743, and was able to overcome the Chinese insurrection and put the sugar trade on a better footing. He was succeeded by Gustaaf Willem baron van Imhoff.

Jacob Mossel



Jacob Mossel

Jacob Mossel (28 November 1704 – 15 May 1761) went from being a common sailor to become Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1750 to 1761.

He was of noble birth, born in Enkhuizen. When he was 15 he left as an able-bodied seaman aboard a Fluyt (a type of Dutch sailing cargo vessel) called de Haringthuyn, bound for the Indies. As his family had a coat of arms, he was able to obtain a privileged position, through Dirk van Cloon, and was sent to the Dutch Coromandel (1721). On the 30th of March 1730, he married Adriana Appels, the fourteen-year old stepdaughter of Adriaan van Pla, Governor of Dutch Coromandel. Jacob Mossel worked himself up finally to Governor and Director of Dutch Coromandel. In 1740 he got the title of Counsellor-extraordinary of the Indies and in 1742 he became a member of the Dutch Council of the Indies (Raad van Indië) in Batavia/Jakarta. In 1745, he became the first Director of the Amfioensociëteit, which tried to regulate its monopoly of the trade in opium. In 1747, he was named as the Director-General (the second highest post in the Dutch East Indies). When in 1750, Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff died, Mossel succeeded him as Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. He remained in post until his own death in 1761.

Jacob Mossel ruled the Indies during a period in which things got steadily worse for the Dutch East India Company. He made may economies and he ended the war in Bantam Province,recognising that his predecessor had handled things badly. The Dutch were threatened by the expansion of the British East India Company. In the battle for Bengal, Mossel lost to the British. Mossel was a supporter of the policy to allow private entrepreneurs to trade for themselves in the territory of the Indies. This concerned small scale trading in which the Company could make no profit. Following that, Batavia/Jakarta underwent a period of growth, which, because of his successors tax regulations, came to nothing. The Company was plagued by corruption and self-interest among its office holders. Jacob Mossel was also involved in this. His great fortune could not in any case have been put together from his official salary. The initiatives he took against corruption were not very effective. To curb exaggerated displays of wealth, in 1754 he brought in a so-called “Regulation against pomp and splendour”, which tried to lay down exactly what wealth an officer could display. These details went from the number of buttonholes they could have to the size of their houses. Of course, the regulations did not apply to himself, and there was great feasting at his daughter’s wedding. After his death at Batavia/Jakarta, from a wasting disease, he was given a magnificent funeral


Tuanku Pasutan gandar Wahit mangkat, dimakamkan didaerah labuhan.Dia digantikan oleh putranya Tuanku Panglima Kanduhid sebagai Sultan Deli V.Kanduhid menikah dengan putri Datuk XII Hamparan Perak dan ditahun yang sama lahirlah Tuanku Amaluddin.

Dibawah pemerintahannya Datuk Empat suku  semakin kokoh sebagai Wakil Rakyat karena peranannya semakin nyata sebagai pengaman rakyat.

Raja deli V ini memindahkan pusat pemerintahan dari hulu ke hilir Labuhan deli ,pemindahan pusat pemerintahan yang berulang kali ini tujuannya untuk mengkokohkan kawasan tersebut.Dalam pemerintahan sultan deli V ini mengokohkan perdagangan hasil bumi dengan daerah lain.

Petrus Albertus van der Parra

Petrus Albertus van der Parra (29 September 1714 – 28 December 1775) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 15 May 1761 to 28 December 1775. (See portrait at [1])

[edit] Biography

Petrus Albertus van der Parra was born in Colombo, the son of a Secretary to the government of Ceylon. His great-grandfather had come to India and the family had lived there ever since. In 1728, he began his career at fourteen years old. As everyone had to start as a soldier, he began as a “soldaat van de penne”, then became an “assistent” in 1731, and “boekhouder” (bookkeeper) in 1732. He had to move house in 1736 to take up a new job as “onderkoopman” (underbuyer/undermerchant), and at the same time “collectionist” (collector) and “boekhouder” to the General Secretary at Batavia/Jakarta. He became “koopman” (buyer/merchant) and “geheimschrijver” (secrets secretary) in 1739. He became Second Secretary to the High Government (Hoge Regering), becoming First Secretary in 1747. He became Counsellor-extraordinary of the Indies later that year (November) and in 1751 became a regular Counsellor. In 1752 he became President of the College van Heemraden (in charge of estate boundaries, roads, etc.). He was later a member of the “Schepenbank” (the local government and court in Batavia), a Regent (a board member) of the hospital and in 1755 he became First Counsellor and Director-General (Eerste Raad en Directeur-Generaal)

On 15 May 1761, following the death of Jacob Mossel he became Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Confirmation of his appointment by the Heren XVII (the Seventeen Lords, who controlled the Dutch East India Company) came in 1762. He held a lavish inauguration on his birthday on 29 September. Subsequently, his birthday was a national holiday in the Indies. During his time as Governor-General, he overthrew the Prince of Kandy, in Ceylon, though with difficulty, and he conquered the sultanate of Siak in Sumatra. Contracts were entered into with various regional leaders in Bima, Soembawa, Dompo, Tambora, Sangar and Papekat. Apart from that, the rule of Van der Parra can be called weak. He favoured his friends and gave out well-paid posts if he could get anything in return for them. It was said he was a typical colonial ruler, idle, grumpy but generous to those who fawned upon him and recognised his greatness. It was a golden time for the preachers in Batavia, who got gifts, translations of the New Testament and scholarships from Van der Parra. They worshipped and eulogised him. Although the Heren XVII knew about his behaviour, as five Counsellors had written to them about his pretentions to kingly behaviour, they did nothing about it.

In 1770, Captain James Cook had to ask for his help to proceed on his journeys on HMS Endeavour (See s:Captain Cook’s Journal, First Voyage/Chapter 9). At the end of the 19th Century, a steamship, trading to the Indies, was named after him. ([2])

After over fourteen years in power, he died on 28 September 1775 in Weltevreden, the imposing palace built for him outside Batavia/Jakarta. (See images at [3] and [4]). He apparently left a great deal of his fortune to the widows of Colombo and a smaller part to the poor of Batavia ([5]) He was followed as Governor by Jeremias van Riemsdijk


Jeremias van Riemsdijk

Jeremias van Riemsdijk (18 October 1712 – 3 October 1777) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, from 28 December 1775 to 3 October 1777.

Jeremias van Riemsdijk was born on 18 October 1712 in Utrecht, the son to Scipio van Riemsdijk, the minister of Bunnik near Houten, and Johanna Bogaert. He entered into service with the Dutch East India Company as a sergeant left for the Indies, aboard the van de Proostwijk, on 25 February 1735. Very shortly after his arrival in Batavia/Jakarta on 14 September 1735, he entered the civil (as opposed to military) service. Jeremias was the nephew of the future Governor-General Adriaan Valckenier (1737-1741), who at the time was still a member of the Council of the Indies. H could therefore expect to make rapid progress in his career. In 1736 he became onderkoopman (underbuyer/undermerchant), in 1738 koopman (buyer/merchant), in 1740 tweede opperkoopman (second upperbuyer/uppermerchant) and in 1742 eerste opperkoopman (first upperbuyer/uppermerchant) in the castle headquarters at Batavia/Jakarta. In 1743 he became the chief (kapitein) of the company of clerical/writing staff (pennisten) and in October Jeremias van Riemsdijk was named Counsellor-extraordinary (Raad extra-ordinaier) to the Council of the Indies. In 1759 he was appointed President of the College van Weesmeesters (dealing with the affairs of orphans, minors, etc.). On 15 October 1760 he was named ordinary Counsellor (Raad ordinair) and on 17 August 1764 Director-General.

On 28 December 1775, following the death of Petrus Albertus van der Parra, Van Riemsdijk was chosen as Governor-General. He had had at the time five marriages, to leading Eurasian ladies. He had learned a lot from the eleven years he had worked with his predecessor, whose great appetite for money he had acquired. During his term in office, there was a shortage of ships and ship personnel. This problem was solved with help from the homeland. However, shortly after his governorship had begun, Jeremias van Riemsdijk died in Batavia/Jakarta. He was followed as Governor-General by Reynier de Klerck


Reynier de Klerck

Reynier de Klerck (or Reinier de Klerck) (1710 – 1780) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 9 October 1778 until 1 September 1780.

De Klerk’s date of birth is not known but he was baptised on 19 November 1710 in Middelburg. He worked as midshipman aboard the Kamer van Zeeland, a warship, whose duty was to protect the routes of homeward bound cargo ships. He made two trips to India as a sailor in the service of the Dutch East India Company. In December 1730, he left permanently for India aboard the t Vliegend Hert.

Between 1735 and 1737 he was the pilot aboard a small ship which traded to and fro between Batavia and Padang. In 1737 he became an accountant (boekhouder) with the Dutch East India Company, and so began for him a life on land. In 1738, he was onderkoopman and resident (underbuyer/undermerchant and resident) in Lampung. In 1741 he was a secretary with the army on Java. In 1742 he became Chief in Surabaya and in 1744 koopmand en eerste administrateur (buyer/merchant and first administrator) in Semarang. In 1747, he was named opperkoopmand en tweede bestuurder (upperbuyer/uppermerchant and second in charge) of Java’s Northeast Coast. In 1748 he became Governor and Director of Banda. He moved to Batavia/Jakarta in 1754 when he was made president of the College van Boedelmeesteren der Chinesche en andere onchristelijke sterfhuizen (which looked after Chinese and other non-Christian burial facilities) for Batavia. In October 1754, Reynier de Klerck was installed as Counsellor-extraordinary of the Indies, and in 1762 was appointed as Counsellor in the Dutch Council of the Indies. In 1775 he became acting Director-General, being named actual Director-General in 1776.

On 4 October 1777, the day after the death of Governor-General Jeremias van Riemsdijk, he was unanimously chosen as Governor-General. He took up the official functions of the post one year later, 9 October 1778. Reynier de Klerck was a hardworking governor. He was a powerful reformer, who however could not realise all his ideas. He was very committed to bringing Dutch culture to the Indies. Thus he wanted to replace Portugueseand Malay with Dutch in the education system. His endeavours failed however because the local population did not want this. During his term of office, few important happenings occurred. A conflict in the Celebes was brought to an end by occupying Gowa, while the Sultan of Bantam Landak and Batjan gave way to the Dutch East India Company. To preserve the spice monopoly, the Princes of Tidore and Batjan were deposed and sent into exile to Batavia. They were replaced by puppets of the Company.

The term of office of van Reynier de Klerck did not last long, for he died on 1 September 1780 in Molenvliet near Batavia. He was followed as governor by Willem Arnold Alting.

Reynier de Klerck’s house in old Batavia can still be seen, as the National Archives Museum on Jalan Gajah Mada, Jakarta.


Kesultanan Siak menaklukan Kerajaan deli.

Willem Arnold Alting



Portret van Willem Alting uit (Tischbein, 1788)

Willem Arnold Alting (1724 – 1800) was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1780 until 1797.

Alting was born in Groningen on 11 November 1724. He studied in his hometown and graduated in law.

He left on 18 October 1750 for the Indies on board the de Middelburg as an onderkoopman (underbuyer/undermerchant) for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). He spent the rest of his life in the Indies. In 1754 he became koopman (buyer/merchant) and in 1759 First Secretary to the government. In 1763 he became Counsellor-extraordinary (Buitengewoon Raad) and in 1772 full Counsellor (Raad ordinaris). In 1777 he became First Counsellor (Eerste Raad) was named Director-General.

From March 1780 he was acting Governor-General, because of the sickness of his predecessor, Reynier de Klerck. Following the death of de Klerck, on 1 September 1780 he was chosen by the Dutch Council of the Indies as provisional Governor-General. He carried on this function for seventeen years.

De Klerck had wanted to bring the use of Dutch into the educational system, but Alting revoked this in 1786, so that Malay and Portuguese were once again used. Alting’s term of office was marked by a steep decline of the Dutch East India Company and its power in the Indies. Three months after he took up post, the Netherlands went to war with Britain (1780 – 1784) and a great part of the territory of the Dutch East India Company was occupied by the British. The government in Batavia/Jakarta did not, on the whole, offer much resistance. By the Peace of Paris (1784), Britain obtained the right to unhindered trade in the East Indies. The Dutch had to cede Negapatam in India to the British. The image of the Dutch in the eyes of the local rulers was thoroughly shattered.

From the Netherlands, three Commissioners-General were sent to work with Alting to reorganise. On the way there, one of them died and Alting managed to get his son-in-law Johannes Siberg to take his place. The Alting/Siberg duo dominated the Commission and, from the reports of one of the other Commissioners, it seems they worked very hard in their own interests. The Commission cost a lot of money but brought no improvement. In 1795, it became known in Batavia/Jakarta that their homeland (in the meantime having become the Batavian Republic) was once again at war with Britain.

On 17 February 1797, Willem Arnold Alting resigned as Governor-General and Commissioner-General and handed the post over to Pieter Gerardus van Overstraten. Alting remained as an ordinary citizen, without official position, living on his estate at Kampong Melajoe near Batavia/Jakarta. He died there on 7 June 1800



18th century Dutch mansion at Kali Besar Barat



Castle batavia



Amasterdam Gate




Batavia city hall


Calangan VOC Restaurant tan sa yen,

later became Carpewnter Restaurant


Jacatra  fort






Bastion Enkhuizen(demolished)


Bastion hollandia 1632




House for single women








Old Hollandse Church

Java, 1595-1625

Mataram’s overseas empire

Mataram at the height of its power, early 17th century

Mataram’s period of dominance was brief. Sultan Agung’s brutality in eliminating potential opposition was exceeded by that of his successor, Amangkurat I, who soon alienated a large part of the Javanese elite. Full-scale rebellion broke out in 1675, led by a disaffected prince of Madura named Trunojoyo, who was in league both with Makasar refugees from southern Sulawesi and with the crown prince, Amangkurat’s son. The rebellion began in the coastal regions which had felt the brunt of Mataram’s hostility to trade, but quickly found support in the interior after Trunojoyo defeated the Mataram forces at Gogodog in 1676 and, abandoning the crown prince, declared himself king.

Mataram would certainly have fallen but for the fact that the VOC, fearing the rise of a new, assertive dynasty on Java, gave military support to Mataram in exchange for territorial and trading concessions. In 1678, after Amangkurat I had died and the crown prince had been installed as Amangkurat II, Dutch troops marched into eastern Java to begin a three-year campaign alongside Mataram forces which destroyed the rebel armies. The intervention established the VOC as the single most powerful military force in Java, gave it hegemony over a large hinterland south and east of Batavia, as well as control of the enclave of Semarang, and reduced the power and territory of Banten.






Chinese hospital and home for oldage(demolized)



Chinezse temple Jin De Yuan



VOC Warehouse,now Museum Bahari


Fish market,now pasar ikan

(unidentified building at Jakarta)




Engle brug(jembatan gantung)




fort nordwijk





The portugeus City Church ,burned in 1880




Sion Church


Latest image

Oldest image


Gereja Tugu




Museum Sejarah Jakarta


Nieuwe Hollandse Kerk, “New Church of Holland” (destroyed by earthquake in 1808, Wayang Museum is now on its site)


Nieuwe Poort, “New Gate” (demolished)


Old Gelderland defence works (demolished after 1667)[4]


Oude Hollandse Kerk, “Old Holland Church” (demolished in 1732, bottom part still viewable)[nb 3]


Oude Utrechtse Poort, “Old Utrecht Gate” (demolished)


Pasar Ikan, “Fish Market”


Raja Kuring Restaurant


Sinees Sieken Huys, Chinese hospital and home for the aged (demolished)


Spinhuis, “spinning-house for single women” (demolished)


The Latin and Greek School (demolished)[2]


Toko Merah, “Red Shop”


Vihara Dharma Bhakti


Vismarkt, “Fish Market” (earlier structure) (demolished)














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The Ommelanden fell under the authority of a ‘delegate for native affairs’, responsible to the Governor-General in Batavia, but for the most part they were left to their own devices under a system of private estates (particuliere landerijen), whose landlords had quasi-feudal rights over their tenants. The granting of private estates continued into the early 18th century, by which time they encompassed virtually the whole of the northern coastal plain of West Java. The region was fertile and productive, sugar, rice and cotton being the main crops, but it was also unruly: small-scale landlords and entrepreneurs squeezed their tenants for what they could, and the tenants in turn simmered constantly on the threshold of revolt or brigandage.

18th Century


Under these circumstances he was induced to resign the government in 1702, and died about a month after his abdication.

Perkasa-alum, a priest, found means by his intrigues to acquire the sovereignty, and one of his first acts was to attempt imposing certain duties on the merchandise imported by English traders, who had been indulged with an exemption from all port charges excepting the established complimentary presents upon their arrival and receiving the chap or licence. This had been stipulated in the treaty made by Sir James Lancaster, and renewed by Mr. Grey when chief of the Company’s factory. The innovation excited an alarm and determined opposition on the part of the masters of ships then at the place, and they proceeded (under the conduct of Captain Alexander Hamilton, who published an account of his voyage in 1727) to the very unwarrantable step of commencing hostilities by firing upon the villages situated near the mouth of the river, and cutting off from the city all supplies of provisions by sea. The inhabitants, feeling severely the effects of these violent measures, grew clamorous against the government, which was soon obliged to restore to these insolent traders the privileges for which they contended.


Advantage was taken of the public discontents to raise an insurrection in favour of the nephew of the late queen, or, according to the Annals, the son of Beder al-alum (who was probably her brother), in the event of which Perkasa-alum was deposed about the commencement of the year 1704, and after an interregnum or anarchy of three months continuance, the young prince obtained possession of the throne, by the name of Jemal al-alum. From this period the native writers furnish very ample details of the transactions of the Achinese government, as well as of the general state of the country, whose prosperous circumstances during the early part of this king’s reign are strongly contrasted with the misery and insignificance to which it was reduced by subsequent events. The causes and progress of this political decline cannot be more satisfactorily set forth than in a faithful translation of the Malayan narrative which was drawn up, or extracted from a larger work, for my use, and is distinct from the Annals already mentioned:

When raja Jemal al-alum reigned in Achin the country was exceedingly populous, the nobles had large possessions, the merchants were numerous and opulent, the judgments of the king were just, and no man could experience the severity of punishment but through his own fault. In those days the king could not trade on his own account, the nobles having combined to prevent it; but the accustomed duties of the port were considered as his revenue, and ten per cent was levied for this purpose upon all merchandise coming into the country. The city was then of great extent, the houses were of brick and stone. The most considerable merchant was a man named Daniel, a Hollander; but many of different nations were also settled there, some from Surat, some from Kutch, others from China. When ships arrived in the port, if the merchants could not take off all the cargoes the king advanced the funds for purchasing what remained, and divided the goods among them, taking no profit to himself. After the departure of the vessel the king was paid in gold the amount of his principal, without interest.

His daily amusements were in the grounds allotted for the royal sports. He was attended by a hundred young men, who were obliged to be constantly near his person day and night, and who were clothed in a sumptuous manner at a monthly expense of a hundred dollars for each man. The government of the different parts of the country was divided, under his authority, amongst the nobles. When a district appeared to be disturbed he took measures for quelling the insurrection; those who resisted his orders he caused to be apprehended; when the roads were bad he gave directions for their repair. Such was his conduct in the government. His subjects all feared him, and none dared to condemn his actions. At that time the country was in peace.

When he had been a few years on the throne a country lying to the eastward, named Batu Bara, attempted to throw off its subjection to Achin. The chiefs were ordered to repair to court to answer for their conduct, but they refused to obey. These proceedings raised the king’s indignation. He assembled the nobles and required of them that each should furnish a vessel of war, to be employed on an expedition against that place, and within two months, thirty large galleys, without counting vessels of a smaller size, were built and equipped for sea. When the fleet arrived off Batu Bara (by which must be understood the Malayan district at the mouth of the river, and not the Batta territory through which it takes its course), a letter was sent on shore addressed to the refractory chiefs, summoning them to give proof of their allegiance by appearing in the king’s presence, or threatening the alternative of an immediate attack. After much division in their councils it was at length agreed to feign submission, and a deputation was sent off to the royal fleet, carrying presents of fruit and provisions of all kinds. One of the chiefs carried, as his complimentary offering, some fresh coconuts, of the delicate species called kalapa-gading, into which a drug had been secretly introduced. The king observing these directed that one should be cut open for him, and having drunk of the juice, became affected with a giddiness in his head. (This symptom shows the poison to have been the upas, but too much diluted in the liquor of the nut to produce death). Being inclined to repose, the strangers were ordered to return on shore, and, finding his indisposition augment, he gave directions for being conveyed back to Achin, whither his ship sailed next day. The remainder of the fleet continued off the coast during five or six days longer, and then returned likewise without effecting the reduction of the place, which the chiefs had lost no time in fortifying.

About two years after this transaction the king, under pretence of amusement, made an excursion to the country lying near the source of the river Achin, then under the jurisdiction of a panglima or governor named Muda Seti; for it must be understood that this part of the kingdom is divided into three districts, known by the appellations of the Twenty-two, Twenty-six, and Twenty-five Mukims (see above), which were governed respectively by Muda Seti, Imam Muda, and Perbawang­Shah (or Purba-wangsa). These three chiefs had the entire control of the country, and when their views were united they had the power of deposing and setting up kings. Such was the nature of the government. The king’s expedition was undertaken with the design of making himself master of the person of Muda Seti, who had given him umbrage, and on this occasion his followers of all ranks were so numerous that wherever they halted for the night the fruits of the earth were all devoured, as well as great multitudes of cattle. Muda Seti however, being aware of the designs against him, had withdrawn himself from the place of his usual residence and was not to be found when the king arrived there; but a report being brought that he had collected five or six hundred followers and was preparing to make resistance, orders were immediately given for burning his house. This being effected, the king returned immediately to Achin, leaving the forces that had accompanied him at a place called Pakan Badar, distant about half a day’s journey from the capital, where they were directed to entrench themselves. From this post they were driven by the country chief, who advanced rapidly upon them with several thousand men, and forced them to fall back to Padang Siring, where the king was collecting an army, and where a battle was fought soon after, that terminated in the defeat of the royal party with great slaughter. Those who escaped took refuge in the castle along with the king.


In 1699, rebels from Landak joined forces with the Javanese state of Banten to conquer Sukadana. Banten’s domination of Sukadana was brief. With the help of Bugis mercenaries based in Banjarmasin, the sultan managed to recover his throne and Sukadana once more became the major trading power of the west coast.







Batavia Map 1700

Jakarta , pianta del 1700. Occorre ricodare che la città fu progettata e costruita dagli olandesi sul modello di Delf




Three years of confusion in the VOC ensue over the post of Governor-General. Sultan of Banjar tries to eject the British post by force, but fails.



Amangkurat II sends a secret representative to the VOC, hoping for help in the face of court intrigues. Antonio Coelho Guerreiro arrives as the first official governor of Portuguese Timor. The Portuguese on Timor were limited to outposts along the northern coast only.



Amangkurat II dies. Amangkurat III faces opposition from Pangeran Puger.


Teuku Umar


Sultan Aji Muhammad Sultan Alam became Paser I through the year 1726, the first ruler of Paser take a higher degree of Sultan.


Amangkurat III demands that the VOC return Puger to his custody. VOC refuses, but VOC army takes Demak and other coastal areas on behalf of Pangeran Puger.


Mataram truncated: Amangkurat II and his rivals, 1681-1704

Although Dutch troops had preserved the Mataram dynasty, the kingdom was now a shadow of its former power. Territorial concessions to the Dutch in the west, creeping political influence by the Madurese along the coast, and a full-scale rebellion by Surapati in the east left it sadly truncated. Moreover, when Amangkurat II died in 1703, the Dutch backed his brother, Pangeran Puger, to succeed to the throne over Amangkurat’s son, Amangkurat III. In 1706, in what came to be called the First Javanese War of Succession, VOC forces with numerous indigenous allies marched on Kartasura and installed Puger as Pakubuwana I. Amangkurat III fled to join the former slave, Surapati, whose followers controlled much of Java’s eastern peninsula. Bitter fighting continued in which Surapati was killed and Amangkurat III captured by ruse and sent into exile. In exchange for VOC support, Pakubuwana ceded eastern Madura to the Dutch and gave them the right to build fortifications anywhere in Java.

The six decades which followed were a time of constant turmoil for Java. The descendants of Surapati maintained his kingdom south of the Brantas; further east, they fought with Balinese princes and with remnants of the kingdom of Balambangan for control of the eastern peninsula. The coastal regions from Surabaya to Juana remained under the influence of the powerful Cakraningrat family in western Madura, while the question of whether the VOC was Mataram’s greatest enemy or its best potential ally underpinned incessant factional conflict within the Mataram court


VOC sends reinforcements to Semarang. Surapati offers to make a conditional surrender to the VOC, but the VOC rejects his offer. VOC bribes the commander of the troops at Kartasura, allowing them to take Salatiga and other approaches without significant resistance. VOC recognizes Pangeran Puger as Susuhunan Pakubuwono I.


Hussin Kamaluddin became Sultan of Brunei (period I) until the year 1730.

De Vossenbosch, Waaier and Nova Hollandia, 1705

Under the command of Commander Maarten van Delft, the de Vossenbosch, Waaier and Nova Hollandia explored the Gulf of Carpentaria and north coast of New Holland.

October 5:

Pakubuwono I makes a deal with the VOC: Mataram debts to VOC are wiped out; East Madura goes to VOC control; Semarang is officially a VOC city after years of occupation; Cirebon is officially a VOC protectorate; VOC gets extensive trade rights; Javanese sailors must stick to their home waters; Mataram must deliver rice on demand to the VOC at a price set by the VOC. In addition, the two sides agree that no other European nation will be allowed to build factories or fortifications anywhere on Java. October 11: Pakubuwono I signs an agreement to pay the costs of the VOC garrison at Kartasura.


VOC and Mataram armies take Kediri, and defeat Amangkurat III and Surapati.


Britain allowed to set up factories in Banjar


VOC and Pakubuwono I of Mataram battle the forces of Amangkurat III at Madiun, and take Pasuruan.

On June 27, 1707,

the British merchant settlements in Banjarmasin was suddenly attacked by the natives, most British people were killed, and the survivors fled to the ship. EIC company property lost in this place, estimated at $ 50,000. [29] The British were expelled from English-Banjar Banjar War II in 1707, so that Chinese people can be free again to enter into transactions with the merchants pepper Banjar and Biaju. The number of Chinese people who gathered in the area of ​​the Sultanate of Banjar increasingly composed of junk merchants and traders settled.


Omar Akamuddin I to the Sultan of Sambas until the year 1732


VOC forces land at Surabaya to continue fighting against Amangkurat III. July 17 Amangkurat III surrenders himself at Surabaya, after receiving a false VOC promise of lands and freedom in exchange for surrender. August 24 Amangkurat III, his family and attendants are sent by ship from Surabaya to Batavia. At Batavia, he is told that the VOC representative at Surabaya had no authority to offer him terms of surrender. He is taken as a prisoner of war and sent to exile in Ceylon.



Batavia  1708. Chinese Qing Ceramic  Export for the Dutch


VOC opens tin mines on Bangka. Around this time, many Bugis, who had been wandering as mercenaries or refugees due to the wars involving Makassar and Bone, began to settle on and around the Malay peninsula


Pakubuwono I sends repeated requests to the VOC in Batavia for help against continuing unrest in Balambangan and Madura.



In 1712, Joseph Collets wrote mail to the council proposed to build a new garrison in Carrang (probably refers to Ujung Karang). It is about three kilometers far from Fort York.

1714This fort was established in 1714-1719 by Joseph Collet (1712-16). The progress was continued by his successors: Thiophilus Shyllinge (1716-17), Richard Farmer (1717-18), and Thomas Cooke (1718-19).

Gravestone of Cap. James Cuney (moved from British Cemetery in Jitra)


British begin building Fort Marlborough at Bengkulu. Sultan of Tidore cedes claim on Irian Jaya to VOC. After this time (especially after the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, which ended 13 years of war between the European powers and their colonies) the Dutch and the VOC began to lose prominence, and Britain became the dominant colonial and naval power in the world.


The fortification was under contruction for four year and was compled in its firts form in 1718

Due to the lack of  a qualifed engineer the fort gradually fell into a state of decay  and when joseph collet was appointend deputy Fovendor in 1712 he requested permission to abandon yort fort and to contruct a new fort on the ‘carang’, small hill about two mill from york and overlooking the bay. colet was eventually given permission to commace work on this new fotification in 1714. It was to be large enough to provide living accommodation for the factor and writers of the company and their servanst well as the militiary garrison. Joseph colled name his fort ‘marlboroug’  in honour of john Churhill, the firs Duke of marlborough, who wasbeing hailed as a national hero after winning a number of strategic battles in Erouppe against the friench  and their allies.

Pland of the original fort 1714-1718


Al old print of FortMarlborough looking north towerd Gunung Bungkuk (Sugar loaf Mountain) Showing the lookout tower which was demolished towar the end of 1700s.



VOC accuses the Adipati of Surabaya of collaborating with the rebels in eastern Java. The son of the Adipati of Surabaya, Jaya Puspita, leads a renewed rebellion against Mataram in the areas around Surabaya, Kediri, Probolinggo, Balambangan, and Madura, with help from Bali. The VOC organizes further reinforcements to counter the threat.


Bali warriors









Hamengkubuwana I (1717-1792)

Spoiler for sedikit tentang beliau

Nama aslinya adalah Raden Mas Sujana yang setelah dewasa bergelar Pangeran Mangkubumi.


Ia merupakan putra Amangkurat IV raja Kasunanan Kartasura yang lahir dari selir bernama Mas Ayu Tejawati pada tanggal 6 Agustus 1717.


VOC takes Surabaya and Madiun from the rebels. Some rebellions continue in east Java. Cakraningrat III of Madura is killed by VOC soldiers while travelling to talks; Cakraningrat IV takes power.







Amangkurat IV takes rule in Mataram. Court rebellion breaks out almost immediately; rebel princes flee eastward. A combined VOC and Mataram force drives the rebels back from Kediri to Malang.

Java, 1719

A Second War of Succession followed from 1719 to 1723, after the death of Pakubuwana I. His son, Amangkurat IV, again held his throne against rebel forces thanks only to VOC intervention. During the reign of Amangkurat IV’s son, Pakubuwana II, a further round of fighting broke out, eventually merging into the Third Javanese War of Succession. Although conflict had been endemic in the intervening years,


Rumors of a conspiracy against the VOC spread in Batavia. Peter Erberfelt and several others are tried and executed.


VOC receives a monopoly on tin from Bangka and Belitung from the Sultan of Palembang.


Rebel princes and Surapati’s descendants in East Java are subdued by VOC forces. VOC begins compulsory coffee production in Priangan.


Under these disastrous circumstances he called upon the chiefs who adhered to him to advise what was best to be done, surrounded as they were by the country people, on whom he invoked the curse of God; when one of them, named Panglima Maharaja, gave it as his opinion that the only effectual measure by which the country could be saved from ruin would be the king’s withdrawing himself from the capital so long as the enemy should continue in its vicinity, appointing a regent from among the nobles to govern the country in his absence; and when subordination should be restored he might then return and take again possession of his throne. To this proposition he signified his assent on the condition that Panglima Maharaja should assure him by an oath that no treachery was intended; which oath was accordingly taken, and the king, having nominated as his substitute Maharaja Lela, one of the least considerable of the ulubalangs, retired with his wives and children to the country of the Four mukims, situated about three hours journey to the westward of the city. (The Annals say he fled to Pidir in November 1723.) Great ravages were committed by the insurgents, but they did not attack the palace, and after some days of popular confusion the chiefs of the Three districts, who (says the writer) must not be confounded with the officers about the person of the king, held a consultation amongst themselves, and, exercising an authority of which there had been frequent examples, set up Panglima Maharaja in the room of the abdicated king (by the title, say the Annals, of Juhar al-alum, in December 1723). About seven days after his elevation he was seized with a convulsive disorder in his neck and died. A nephew of Jemal al-alum, named Undei Tebang, was then placed upon the throne, but notwithstanding his having bribed the chiefs of the Three districts with thirty katties of gold, they permitted him to enjoy his dignity only a few days, and then deposed him. (The same authority states that he was set up by the chiefs of the Four mukims, and removed through the influence of Muda Seti.)

1724. 1735.

The person whom they next combined to raise to the throne was Maharaja Lela (before mentioned as the king’s substitute). It was his good fortune to govern the country in tranquillity for the space of nearly twelve years, during which period the city of Achin recovered its population. (According to the Annals he began to reign in February 1724, by the title of Ala ed-din Ahmed shah Juhan, and died in June 1735.) It happened that the same day on which the event of his death took place Jemal al-alum again made his appearance, and advanced to a mosque near the city. His friends advised him to lose no time in possessing himself of the castle, but for trifling reasons that mark the weakness of his character he resolved to defer the measure till the succeeding day; and the opportunity, as might be expected, was lost. The deceased king left five sons, the eldest of whom, named Po-chat-au (or Po-wak, according to another manuscript) exhorted his brothers to unite with him in the determination of resisting a person whose pretensions were entirely inconsistent with their security. They accordingly sent to demand assistance of Perbawang-shah, chief of the district of the Twenty-five mukims, which lies the nearest to that quarter. He arrived before morning, embraced the five princes, confirmed them in their resolution, and authorised the eldest to assume the government (which he did, say the Annals, by the title of Ala ed-din Juhan-shah in September 1735.) But to this measure the concurrence of the other chiefs was wanting. At daybreak the guns of the castle began to play upon the mosque, and, some of the shot penetrating its walls, the pusillanimous Jemal al-alum, being alarmed at the danger, judged it advisable to retreat from thence and to set up his standard in another quarter, called kampong Jawa, his people at the same time retaining possession of the mosque. A regular warfare now ensued between the two parties and continued for no less than ten years (the great chiefs taking different sides), when at length some kind of compromise was effected that left Po-chat-au (Juhan­shah) in the possession of the throne, which he afterwards enjoyed peaceably for eight years, and no further mention is made of Jemal al-alum. About this period the chiefs took umbrage at his interfering in matters of trade, contrary to what they asserted to be the established custom of the realm, and assembled their forces in order to intimidate him. (The history of Achin presents a continual struggle between the monarch and the aristocracy of the country, which generally made the royal monopoly of trade the ground of crimination and pretext for their rebellions).


Further north, Acehnese power recovered somewhat, but the more significant power was the sultan of Siak Sri Indrapura, a state founded in 1723, which had extended its hegemony northwards as far as Tamiang by 1780.


Government of the Kingdom of Matan / Sukadana by Sultan Ma’aziddin (1724-1762)


• Wiradedaha IV (1726-1745)
• Satjapati (1745-1747)
• Wiradedaha V (1747-1765)
• Jayamenggala (1765-1807)
• Demang Anggadipa (1807-1813)
• Suryalaga (1813-1814)
• Wiradedaha VI (1814-1828)
• Wiratanubaja I (1828-1835)
• Wiratanubaja II (1835-1854)
• Adipati Wiradedaha VII (1854-1874)
• Wirahadiningrat (1874-1906)
• Aria Prawiradiningrat (1906-1908)
• Wiratanudiningrat (1908-1925)
Beberapa peristiwa penting di Sukapura
Abad 17. Priangan Tengah dibagi menjadi empat kadipaten. Salah satunya adalah Sukapura di bawah pimpinan Ki Wirawangsa Umbul Sukakerta bergelar Tumenggung Wiradedaha. Beliau adalah leluhur para adipati/ bupati Sukapura.
1811/ 1813 Raden Demang Anggadipa (1807-1811/1813) dicopot dari kedudukannya oleh pemerintah kolonial Belanda karena menolak penanaman paksa nila sebagai pengganti beras. Beliau keberatan dengan kebijakan Belanda itu karena akan mengakibatkan rakyat kelaparan. Akibat pembangkangan itu, Kadipaten Sukapura sementara waktu dihapuskan dan diserahkan pemerintahannya pada Limbangan di bawah Raden Tumenggung Wangsareja (1805-1811).
Akhir abad ke-19. Belanda menata ulang pemerintahan Priangan dan membaginya menjadi 9 afdeeling (Jerman: Abteilung). Salah satunya adalah Sukapura di bawah Raden Tumenggung Wiratanubaya IV.
Wirahadiningrat (1874-1906) memperoleh penghargaan bintang Oranye Nassau dari Belanda.SOURCE:Cribb, Robert. Digital Atlas of Indonesian History.
Hardjasaputra, Sobana A. Bupati di Priangan: Kedudukan dan Peranannya pada abad ke-17-19 dalam Seri Sundalana, Pusat Studi Sunda, Bandung, 2004.
Sutherland, Heather. Notes on Java’s Regent Family, Cornel University, 1973
Taniputera, Ivan. Kerajaan-kerajaan Nusantara Pascakeruntuhan Majapahit: Hikayat dan Sejarahnya, Arruzzwacana, Jogjakarta (sedang dalam proses penerbitan).



Banjar kINGDOM







SOURCE : An alphabetical enumeration of the former princely states of Indonesia, from the earliest time to the modern period, with simplified genealogies and order of succession by Hans Haegerdal.


As the daughter of King Paser, La Madukelleng (National Hero) served King Paser until the year 1736.


Court intrigues in Kartasura result in Pangeran Mangkunegara being sent into exile by Dutch.









Residence of Governor General von Imhoff(rumah merah)



West Java: colonial political divisions, 1730-1808

In Cirebon, the Dutch preserved an unusual arrangement in which the heads of two related families, Kanoman and Kesupuhan, both carried the hereditary rank and powers of sultan. The upland regions to the south were incorporated into the Priangan System, but the sultans retained extensive powers in the lowlands, where they farmed their estates out to Chinese entrepreneurs, with miserable consequences for the peasants. Cirebon was the scene of repeated famine and uprising in the late 18th century


Mohammad Alauddin became the Sultan of Brunei until the year 1745.

Amir Wira Bulungan I became ruler until the year 1777. Amiril Pengiran Dipati II served Tidung ruler until 1765.

Abubakar I to the Sultan of Sambas Kamaluddin until the year 1762. The Sultanate’s capital was moved from the Kutai Kutai Lama to Pemarangan.



A warlord’s men attacked the La Madukelleng Banjarmasin but failed.
 1733: Puana Dekke Bugis leaders borrowed land to Sultan Banjar Tahlilullah to establish settlements in Pagatan with a population that became known as the Bugis Pagatan. [31]

Sultan Banjar Tamjidillah I to XII until the year 1759.
 1735: Sultan Aji Muhammad Idris Kukar XIV became King until the year 1778. He is the King of Kutai first took the title of Sultan.
 1736: Sultan Alam Sepuh I became Sultan Paser II until the year 1766.




New hollandse Church

Lyeth Interrd the
Body of
Cap. James Cuney
Who departed this
February 7th 1737
A.Aetatis 36”Explanation:
“A.Aetatis 36”, it stands for “anno aetatis suae 36”,
that means “”in the year of his age 36 years

Gravestone of Henry Stirling (moved from British Cemetery in Jitra)



– Gov.-Gen. Durven and several other high officials are ordered to return to the Netherlands by the Heeren XVII for financial misdeeds. Malaria epidemic sweeps Batavia in 1732.


– Pakubuwono II agrees to heavier debt service payments to VOC. He has his minister Danureja sent into exile in Ceylon.

Gouvenor general VOC


Governor Jacob Christiaan Pielat 1733‑tfull.jpg


– Pakubuwono II transfers his claim to Balambangan to VOC.


– Official VOC archives in Batavia are founded.



Shipwreck ‘Viegent Hart’ Silver Coin



Shipwreck coin ‘Viegent Hart’ shipwrecked 1735, Dutch East Indies on voyage to Batavia, Java


VOC tells Pakubuwono II to exile Pangeran Purbaya.


Arung Singkang attacks Bone and Makassar, but VOC drives him back.



Luar batang mosque



Arung Singkang attacks Bone and Makassar, but VOC drives him back.



Pada tahun 1740 terjadi pemberontakan orang-orang Cina di Batavia yang menyebar sampai ke seluruh Jawa. Pada mulanya, Pakubuwana II (kakak Mangkubumi) mendukung pemberontakan tersebut.

Namun, ketika menyaksikan pihak VOC unggul, Pakubuwana II pun berubah pikiran.



VOC begins a campaign to have “superfluous Chinese” deported to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) or South Africa.


Kapitan Pattimura


Panembahan Mempawah Manambung Opu Daeng brought mine workers from mainland China.



marked the beginning of an era of cataclysmic violence. The era began with a wholesale massacre of Chinese in Batavia – probably about 10,000 perished – by Dutch citizens resentful of their prosperity and stirred by VOC fears of a Chinese rebellion. Chinese bands fleeing the destruction moved along the north Java coast destroying VOC posts one by one and massacring their inhabitants. Pakubuwana II joined the rebels in attacking Semarang, while the VOC formed an alliance with the Cakraningrats. As the tide turned towards the VOC, Pakubuwana sued for peace, but found himself at once facing a rebellion amongst Javanese and in mid-1742 he was driven out of his capital. VOC troops on the coast, however, and Madurese troops inland were successful in stemming the rebellion and in late 1743, Pakubuwana was formally restored to his throne in exchange for further territorial concessions to the VOC, the guarantee of a perpetual tribute in rice, and the acceptance of a VOC garrison in the Kartasura court. Although the Cakraningrats had been instrumental in the VOC victory, their fate was still less favourable. They were given none of the concessions they wanted on the eastern Java mainland



Within Batavia’s walls, wealthy Dutch built tall houses and pestilential canals. Commercial opportunities attracted Indonesian and especially Chinese immigrants, the increasing numbers creating burdens on the city. Tensions grew as the colonial government tried to restrict Chinese migration through deportations. On 9 October 1740, 5,000 Chinese were massacred


Batavia massacre

The 1740 Batavia massacre was a pogrom against ethnic Chinese living in the port city of Batavia, the Dutch East Indies. The incident lasted for two weeks in October.Up to 80,000 ethnic Chinese lived in Batavia in the early 18th century…. and the following year, Chinese inhabitants were moved to Glodok


Glodok is a part of the Jakarta Old Town, Indonesia. The area is also known as Pecinan or Chinatown since the Dutch colonial era, and is considered the biggest in Indonesia, as a majority of the traders in Glodok are of Chinese descent


Octob. 1740. –

Afbelding van dat gBATAVIA. TABLEAU DE LA PARTIE BATAVIA, où s’est fait proprement le terrible massacre des Chinois, le 9edeelte van Batavia, alwaar eigentlyk de schrikkelyke slagting der Chinezen geschied is, den 9 Octob. 1740. (Amsterdam, 1755).Engraving by J. van Schley. Ca. 19 x 28 cm. From: A.F. Prevost. Historische beschrijving der reizen. – Striking bird’s eye view of Batavia depicting the massacre of the Chinese by the Dutch in Batavia, October 9, 1749.Feith 74; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 159,1. [Boeknr.: 14562 ]

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The Queen of the East: 18th century Batavia

In the decades after its founding, Batavia grew rapidly as a colonial capital and an international entrepôt.

In 1624 it had had a total population of just 8000, but by 1670 the city was home to around 130,000 people, 27,000 of them living inside the walls.  No more than 2000 of these Batavians were Europeans; the rest were a mix of Asian immigrants, chancers and slaves.

There were Arabs and Indians, hundreds of mardijkers – the term by which the Dutch knew emancipated slaves and ‘black Portuguese’ – and thousands of Chinese.Then as now it was the ethnic Chinese who toiled in the economic engine rooms of the great Southeast Asian cities.


Their communities, often intermarried with local women, had been established in Indonesia for centuries; they were the businessmen, the shopkeepers and the investors, and without them a city would stagnate.

Batavia’s founder, Jan Pieterszoon Coen, had recognised this right at the start – he encouraged the Chinese to come to his new capital and allowed them to trade freely at a time when not even Dutchmen were permitted to set up a private business.

Before long they accounted for almost a quarter of Batavia’s entire population – and the most productive quarter at that.

The Jews of Asia

The Dutch had very quickly developed some deeply negative opinions of the indigenous Indonesians, and attached to their ‘national character’ a string of unflattering epithets, foremost of which was ‘lazy’ and its various synonyms.

Javanese natives, for reasons of security and contempt, had been banned from living within the city walls of Batavia from the moment they were built.

But the Chinese elicited more complex reactions from those around them.  Europeans found much to praise in the apparent Chinese sense of industry; even when they did nothing more than grow vegetables or hawk goods on the streets they seemed to do so with an energetic business plan in mind.

But whenever a particular ethnic group can be identified with wealth, the opprobrium won’t be far behind, and European commentators dished out lashings of contempt along with their backhanded compliments to the industrious Chinese.

A rear-admiral in the Dutch fleet who passed through Batavia in the 18th century drew the most telling of parallels:

Like the Jews in Europe, they are very cunning in trade, both in the largest dealings and in the most trifling pedlary.

They are so desirous of money, that a Chinese will run three times from one end of the city to the other, if he have but the prospect of gaining one penny.  In doing any business with them, the greatest care must be taken to avoid being cheated.

And then, having established the Chinese as a race of usurers – and condemning their religion of smoky temples and brassy statues as ‘the most abominable idolatry’ – he wound things up with a most spectacular piece of slander:

The Chinese are of a very lustful temper.  They are accused of the most detestable violations of the laws of nature; and it is even said, that they keep swine in their houses, for purposes the most shameful and repugnant.

With views like this being bandied about it was little wonder that jealousy of the Chinese could – and still can – tip over into outright violence from time to time.

Barbarity and Rapine

In 1740 the arrival of some bands of wandering Chinese freebooters on the outskirts of Batavia sent panic-prompting rumours rattling around both the Chinese and European communities of the city.

The Dutch believed that the Chinese were plotting to rebel and annihilate them; the Chinese took whispers of deportation to mean that they were all to be shipped over the horizon and then summarily tipped into the sea.


On the rampage: the 1740 massacre

The entire resident Chinese population was curfewed and several dozen of their number clapped in irons, but with the atmosphere approaching hysteria on both sides, it was inevitable that the prophesies of doom should become self-fulfilling.

When word seeped through the walls that there had been some kind of altercation with the freebooters, and that Dutchmen may have been killed, the entire non-Chinese population of Batavia – very much including the Europeans – went on the rampage.  A Dutch resident of the city named Ary Huysers recorded what happened:

An instantaneous cry of murder and horror resounded through the town, and the most dismal scene of barbarity and rapine presented itself on all sides.

All the Chinese, without distinction, men, women, and children, were put to the sword.  Neither pregnant women nor suckling infants were spared by the relentless assassins.

The prisoners in chains, about a hundred in number, were at the same time slaughtered like sheep.  European citizens, to whom some of the wealthy Chinese had fled for safety, violating every principle of humanity and morality, delivered them up to their sanguinary pursuers, and embezzled the property confided to them.  In short, all the Chinese, guilty and innocent, were exterminated.

That last was not hyperbole: Huysers really did mean all of them.  There had been around 10,000 Chinese residents in Batavia intra-muros before the massacre.

One result of the slaughter was that the few surviving Chinese from outside the walls, together with their vagabonding countrymen whose arrival had precipitated the carnage, ricocheted off around Java prompting rebellion and uproar wherever they went, and dragging the VOC forces into yet more military entanglement with the decaying royal court of Mataram.

The other result was that Batavia received an economic and social blow that it could ill afford – for by the middle of the 18th century the city, the Company, and the empire it ran, were unmistakably in the pits…





Pada tahun 1742 istana Kartasura diserbu kaum pemberontak . Pakubuwana II terpaksa membangun istana baru di Surakarta, sedangkan pemberontakan tersebut akhirnya dapat ditumpas oleh VOC dan Cakraningrat IV dari Madura.


Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff



Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff

Gustaaf Willem, Baron van Imhoff (August 8, 1705 Leer–November 1, 1750) was the governor of Ceylon and then the Dutch East Indies for the Dutch East India Company (VOC-Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie).

[edit] Early years

Van Imhoff was born into an East Frisian aristocratic family. His father, Wilhelm Heinrich Freiherr von Imhoff, came from the town of Leer in northwestern Germany, a few kilometers from the Dutch border.



In 1725,

Van Imhoff entered into the service of the Dutch East India Company in Batavia (modern-day Jakarta), then colonial capital of the Dutch East Indies. Van Imhoff was promoted several times within the company before being appointed colonial governor in Ceylon (Modern-day Sri Lanka) on July 23, 1736.


Van Imhoff’s tenure as governor of Ceylon put an end to the chaos that had pervaded the previous administration. He established constructive relations with the king of Kandy, Vira Narendra Sinha.

King Narendra was married to a Tamil princess of Madurai (Tamil Nadu, India), and their child, Sri Vijaya Rajasinha who succeeded him after Narendra’s death on May 24, 1739, was seen to be more Tamil than Sinhalese (the majority ethnic group in Ceylon). Imhoff was concerned about this succession because closer contact between the Tamils of Ceylon, under Sri Vijaya Rajasinha, and the Tamils of south India might endanger the Dutch East India Company’s commercial monopoly. In his letters, Van Imhoff expressed his surprise that the Sinhalese people had accepted such a king, considering their haughty attitude towards the Tamils of India. However, Van Imhoff saw an interesting opportunity in this turn of events. He proposed to the Lords Seventeen (Heeren XVII, the directors of the VOC) that the kingdom of Ceylon be divided in two, but they rejected the proposition: a war would be too costly.

Despite the profitable production of spices, the colony was always in a state of deficit because its profits were allotted to the VOC in general, not to the colony itself. This practice prevented the Governors from becoming too extravagant in their habits, as was the case in other colonies.




[edit] Batavia

On March 12, 1740,

Willem Mauritiz Bruininck replaced Van Imhoff as governor of Ceylon and Imhoff returned to Batavia, which he found in a precarious situation. Governor-General Adriaan Valckenier believed that the Chinese population in the area surrounding Batavia had grown too large. He attempted to relocate the population to Ceylon and the Cape Colony (South Africa), but a rumor alleging that the Dutch were planning to throw Chinese people overboard in the middle of the ocean started an insurrection against the VOC. Vackenier responded by massacring approximately 5000 Chinese. Imhoff contested this brutal policy, which led to his arrest and deportation to the Netherlands. Upon his arrival, the Lords Seventeen named him governor-general of the Dutch East Indies and sent him back to Batavia.

En route to Batavia, Imhoff visited the Dutch colony in Cape Town, in the Cape Colony, where he discovered that the citizens were penetrating farther and farther into the interior and were losing contact with the VOC. Imhoff proposed to improve education and the work of the Protestant Church in the colony.

In May 1743,

Imhoff began his tenure in Batavia which was in the midst of a war. The Javanese princes took advantage of the chaotic situation following Valckenier’s actions to begin a war against the VOC. Imhoff succeeded in reestablishing the peace and began several reforms. He founded a Latin school, the first post offices in the Dutch East Indies, a hospital and a newspaper. He also founded the city of Buitenzorg and suppressed the opium trade. In 1746, Imhoff embarked on a tour of Java to inspect the company’s holdings and decided on several institutional reforms.

Imhoff’s tenure was also marked by catastrophe. A ship, the Hofwegen, was struck by lightning and exploded in the port of Batavia along with six tons of silver, totalling around 600,000 Dutch florins.

Ultimately, Imhoff’s progressive policies made him many enemies. Imhoff’s want of diplomacy and his lack of respect for local customs caused the colony to become embroiled in the third war of Javanese succession. Put in an untenable position by his enemies, Imhoff wanted to resign from his post, but the VOC would not allow it. Imhoff was forced to remain in office until his death in 1750, having come to believe that most of his work had been done in vain.

During his stay in Batavia, Imhoff stayed in a high-class residence today known as Toko Merah.[1



lies interred
the body
Henry Stirling
Late Council at Fort Marlborough on this coast
He was ninth son of
James Stirling of Key Esq.
And the honourable
Mr. Maron Stewart
of the Kingdom of Scotland and Departed
this life on first day
of April 1744
Aged 25 years


Sisa-sisa pemberontak yang dipimpin oleh Raden Mas Said (keponakan Pakubuwana II dan Mangkubumi) berhasil merebut tanah Sukowati. Pakubuwana II mengumumkan sayembara berhadiah tanah seluas 3.000 cacah untuk siapa saja yang berhasil merebut kembali Sukowati.

Mangkubumi dengan berhasil mengusir Mas Said pada tahun 1746, namun ia dihalang-halangi Patih Pringgalaya yang menghasut raja supaya membatalkan perjanjian sayembara.

Datang pula Baron van Imhoff gubernur jenderal VOC yang makin memperkeruh suasana.

Ia mendesak Pakubuwana II supaya menyewakan daerah pesisir kepada VOC seharga 20.000 real untuk melunasi hutang keraton terhadap Belanda. Hal ini ditentang Mangkubumi. Akibatnya, terjadilah pertengkaran di mana Baron van Imhoff menghina Mangkubumi di depan umum.

Mangkubumi yang sakit hati meninggalkan Surakarta pada bulan Mei 1746 dan menggabungkan diri dengan Mas Said sebagai pemberontak.Sebagai ikatan gabungan Mangkubumi mengawinkan Mas Said dengan puterinya yaitu Rara Inten atau Gusti Ratu Bendoro.

Perang antara Mangkubumi melawan Pakubuwana II yang didukung VOC disebut para sejarawan sebagai Perang Suksesi Jawa III.


Pada tahun 1747 diperkirakan kekuatan Mangkubumi mencapai 13.000 orang prajurit.

Pertempuran demi pertempuran dimenangkan oleh Mangkubumi, misalnya pertempuran di Demak dan Grobogan.



Pada akhir tahun 1749, Pakubuwana II sakit parah dan merasa kematiannya sudah dekat. Ia pun menyerahkan kedaulatan negara secara penuh kepada VOC sebagai pelindung Surakarta tanggal 11 Desember.

Sementara itu Mangkubumi telah mengangkat diri sebagai raja bergelar Pakubuwana III tanggal 12 Desember di markasnya, sedangkan VOC mengangkat putra Pakubuwana II sebagai Pakubuwana III tanggal 15.

Dengan demikian terdapat dua orang Pakubuwana III. Yang satu disebut Susuhunan Surakarta, sedangkan Mangkubumi disebut Susuhunan Kebanaran, karena bermarkas di desa Kebanaran di daerah Mataram.



Borneo, ca 1750

Brunei, meanwhile, was also in decline before the rising sultanate of Sulu, based in the archipelago between Borneo and Mindanao. In return for backing the successful claimant in a succession dispute in Brunei, Sulu received suzerainty over much of Borneo north of Brunei itself. Sulu’s influence also increased on the east coast of Borneo.

The principal state of the east coast was Kutai, a Malay kingdom in the Mahakam river basin which converted to Islam in the 16th century. From the late 17th century, however, many Buginese settled on the east coast, founding the state of Pasir and for a time dominating the Tidung, Bulungan and Berau regions, though these northern areas were to come under the Sulu sultanate.


Perang kembali berlanjut. Pertempuran besar terjadi di tepi Sungai Bogowonto tahun 1751 di mana Mangkubumi menghancurkan pasukan VOC yang dipimpin Kapten de Clerck. Orang Jawa menyebutnya Kapten Klerek.



Pada tahun 1752 Mangkubumi dengan Raden Mas Said terjadi perselisihan.Perselisihan ini berfokus pada keunggulan supremasi Tunggal atas Mataram yang tidak terbagi.Dalam jajak pendapat dan pemungutan suara dukungan kepada Raden Mas Said oleh kalangan elite Jawa dan tokoh tokoh Mataram mencapai suara yang bulat mengalahkan dukungan dan pilihan kepada Mangkubumi.


Dalam dukungan elite Jawa menemui fakta kalah dengan Raden Mas Said maka Mangkubumi menggunakan kekuatan bersenjata untuk mengalahkan Raden Mas Said tetapi Mangkubumi menemui kegagalan.Raden Mas Said kuat dalam dukungan-pilihan oleh elite Jawa dan juga kuat dalam kekuatan bersenjata.Mangkubumi bahkan menerima kekalahan yang sangat telak dari menantunya yaitu Raden Mas Said.Akibat kekalahan yang telak Mangkubumi kemudian menemui VOC menawarkan untuk bergabung dan bertiga dengan Paku Buwono III sepakat menghadapi Raden Mas Said.


Nyi Ageng Serang



Spoiler for keturunan Sunan Kalijaga dan Neneknya Ki Hajar Dewantara

Nyi Ageng Serang bernama asli Raden Ajeng Kustiyah Wulaningsih Retno Edi (Serang, Purwodadi, Jawa Tengah, 1752 – Yogyakarta, 1828) adalah seorang Pahlawan Nasional Indonesia.

Ia adalah anak Pangeran Natapraja yang menguasai wilayah terpencil dari kerajaan Mataram tepatnya di Serang yang sekarang wilayah perbatasan Grobogan-Sragen.

Setelah ayahnya wafat Nyi Ageng Serang menggantikan kedudukan ayahnya.

Nyi Ageng Serang adalah salah satu keturunan Sunan Kalijaga,

ia juga mempunyai keturunan seorang Pahlawan nasional yaitu Soewardi Soerjaningrat atau Ki Hajar Dewantara.

Ia dimakamkan di Kalibawang, Kulon Progo. Ia pahlawan nasional yang hampir terlupakan,mungkin karena namanya tak sepopuler R.A. Kartini atau Cut Nyak Dhien tapi beliau sangat berjasa bagi negeri ini.Warga Kulon Progo mengabadikan monumen beliau di tengah kota Wates berupa patung beliau sedang menaiki kuda dengan gagah berani membawa tombak



Tawaran Mangkubumi untuk bergabung mengalahkan Raden Mas Said akhirnya diterima VOC tahun 1754.


Pihak VOC diwakili Nicolaas Hartingh, yang menjabat gubernur wilayah pesisir utara Jawa.

Sebagai perantara adalah Syaikh Ibrahim, seorang Turki.

Perudingan-perundingan dengan Mangkubumi mencapai kesepakatan, Mangkubumi bertemu Hartingh secara langsung pada bulan September 1754.

Perundingan dengan Hartingh mencapai kesepakatan.

Mangkubumi mendapatkan setengah wilayah kerajaan Pakubuwana III, sedangkan ia merelakan daerah pesisir disewa VOC seharga 20.000 real dengan kesepakatan 20.000 real dibagi dua;10.000 real untuk dirinya Mangkubumi dan 10.000 real untuk Pakubuwono III.









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Uang Real Batu, Kesultanan Sumenep (1730 M)



Symbol Keraton Sumenep

Kerajaan Sumenep di Madura mengedarkan mata uang yang berasal dari uang-uang asing yang kemudian diberi cap bertulisan Arab berbunyi “SUMANAP” sebagai tanda pengesahan.

Uang kerajaan Sumenep yang berasal dari uang Spanyol disebut juga “Real Batu” karena bentuknya yang tidak beraturan.

Pada masanya Kerajaan ini sebenarnya bernama Kadipaten Sumenep (atau sering dikenal sebagai Kadipaten Madura), adalah sebuah monarki yang pernah menguasai seluruh Pulau Madura dan sebagian daerah tapal kuda. Pusat pemerintahannya berada di Kota Sumenep sekarang.

Pada tahun 1269, dimasa pemerintahan Arya Wiraraja wilayah ini berada dibawah pengawasan langsung Kerajaan Singhasari dan Kerajaan Majapahit. Pada tahun 1559, dimasa pemerintahan Kanjeng Tumenggung Ario Kanduruwan, wilayah yang terletak di Madura Timur ini berada pada kekuasaan penuh Kesultanan Demak dan baru pada pemerintahan Pangeran Lor II yang berkuasa pada tahun 1574, wilayah Kadipaten Sumenep berada dibawah pengawasan langsung Kasultanan Mataram.

Pada tahun 1705, akibat perjanjian Pangeran Puger dengan VOC, wilayah ini berada dalam kekuasaan penuh Pemerintahan Kolonial. Selama Sumenep jatuh kedalam wilayah pemerintahan Hindia-Belanda, wilayah ini tidak pernah diperintah secara langsung, para penguasa Sumenep diberi kebebasan dalam memerintah wilayahnya namun tetap dalam ikatan-ikatan kontrak yang telah ditetapkan oleh Kolonial Kala itu.

Selanjutnya pada tahun 1883, Pemerintah Hindia Belanda mulai menghapus sistem sebelumnya (keswaprajaan), Kerajaan-kerajaan di Madura termasuk di Sumenep dikelola langsung oleh Nederland Indische Regening dengan diangkatnya seorang Bupati. Semenjak itulah, sistem pemerintahan Ke-adipatian di Sumenep berakhir. (wikipedia/ berbagai sumber)





Keraton Sumenep

dulunya adalah tempat kediaman resmi para Adipati/Raja-Raja selain sebagai tempat untuk menjalankan roda pemerintahan.

Kerajaan Sumenep sendiri bisa dibilang sifatnya sebagai kerajaan kecil (setingkat Kadipaten) kala itu, sebab sebelum wilayah Sumenep dikusai VOC wilayah Sumenep sendiri masih harus membayar upeti kepada kerajaan-kerajaan besar(Singhasari, Majapahit, dan Kasultanan Mataram).

Keraton Sumenep sejatinya banyak jumlahnya, selain sebagai kediaman resmi adipati/raja yang berkuasa saat itu, karaton juga difungsikan sebagai tempat untuk mengatur segala urusan pemerintahan kerajaan.

Saat ini Bangunan Karaton yang masih tersisa dan utuh adalah bangunan Karaton yang dibangun oleh Gusti Raden Ayu Tirtonegoro R. Rasmana dan Kanjeng Tumenggung Ario Tirtonegoro (Bindara Saod) beserta keturunannya yakni Panembahan Somala Asirudin Pakunataningrat dan Sri Sultan Abdurrahman Pakunataningrat I (Raden Ario Notonegoro).

Sedangkan untuk bangunan karaton-karaton milik Adipati/Raja yang lainnya, seperti Karaton Pangeran Siding Puri di Parsanga, Karaton Tumenggung Kanduruan, Karaton Pangeran Lor dan Pangeran Wetan di Karangduak hanya tinggal sisa puing bangunannya saja yakni hanya berupa pintu gerbang dan umpak pondasi bangunan Keraton.

Istilah penyebutan Karaton apabila dikaitkan dengan sistem pemerintahan di Jawa saat itu, merasa kurang tepat karena karaton Sumenep memeliki strata tingkatan yang lebih kecil dari bangunan keraton yang ada di Jogjakarta dan Surakarta.

 Karaton Sumenep sebenarnya adalah bangunan kediaman keadipatian yang pola penataan bangunannya lebih sederhana dari pada keraton-keraton besar seperti Jogjakarta dan Surakarta. Namun perlu dimaklumi bahwa penggunaan penyebutan istilah karaton sudah berlangsung sejak dulu kala oleh masyarakat Madura, karena kondisi geografis Sumenep yang berada di daerah mancanegara (wilayah pesisir wetan) yang jauh dari Kerajaan Mataram. Begitu juga penyebutan Penguasa Kadipaten yang lebih familiar dikalangan masyarakatnya dengan sebutan “Rato/Raja

Pendiri[sunting | sunting sumber]

Karaton Pajagalan atau lebih dikenal Karaton Songennep dibangun di atas tanah pribadi milik Panembahan Somala penguasa Sumenep XXXI. Dibangun Pada tahun 1781 dengan arsitek pembangunan Karaton oleh Lauw Piango salah seorang warga keturunan Tionghoa yang mengungsi akibat Huru Hara Tionghoa 1740 M di Semarang.


Karaton Panembahan Somala dibangun di sebelah timur karaton milik Gusti R. Ayu Rasmana Tirtonegoro dan Kanjeng Tumenggung Ario Tirtonegoro (Bindara Saod) yang tak lain adalah orang tua beliau. Bangunan Kompleks Karaton sendiri terdiri dari banyak massa, tidak dibangun secara bersamaan namun di bangun dan diperluas secara bertahap oleh para keturunannya.

Kompleks Bangunan Karaton[sunting | sunting sumber]



Lambang Kadipaten Sumenep Pada tahun 1811 – tahun 1965

Keraton Sumenep berdiri di atas tanah milik pribadi Pangeran Natakusuma I (Panembahan Somala) (sebelah timur keraton lama milik Ratu R. Ayu Rasmana Tirtanegara). Kompleks bangunan Karaton Sumenep lebih sederhana dari kompleks Karaton kerajaan Mataram, bangunannya hanya meliputi Gedong Negeri, Pengadilan Karaton, Paseban, dan beberapa bangunan Pribadi Keluarga Karaton.

Di depan keraton, ke arah selatan berdiri Pendapa Agung dan di depannya berdiri Gedong Negeri (sekarang Kantor Disbudparpora) yang didirikan oleh Pemerintahan Belanda. Konon, Pembangunan Gedong Negeri sendiri dimaksudkan untuk menyaingi kewibawaan keraton Sumenep dan juga untuk mengawasi segala gerak-gerik pemerintahan yang dijalankan oleh keluarga Keraton. Selain itu Gedong Negeri ini juga difungsikan sebagai kantor bendahara dan pembekalan Karaton yang dikelola oleh Patih yang dibantu oleh Wedana Keraton.

Disebelah timur Gedong Negeri tersebut berdiri pintu masuk keraton Sumenep yaitu Labang Mesem. Pintu gerbang ini sangat monumental, pada bangian atasnya terdapat sebuah loteng, digunakan untuk memantau segala aktifitas yang berlangsung dalam lingkungan keraton. Konon jalan masuk ke kompleks keraton ini ada lima pintu yang dulunya disebut ponconiti. Saat ini tinggal dua buah yang masih ada, kesemuanya berada pada bagian depan tapak menghadap ke selatan. Pintu yang sebelah barat merupakan jalan masuk yang amat sederhana. Di bagian pojok disebelah timur bagian selatan Labhang Mesem berdiri Taman Sare (tempat pemandian putera-puteri Adipati) dimana sekelilingnya dikelilingi tembok tembok yang cukup tinggi dan tertutup.

Sedangkan di halaman belakang keraton sebelah timur berdiri dapur, sebelah barat berdiri sisir (tempat tidur para pembantu keraton, emban, dayang-dayang Puteri Adipati), di sebelah barat terdapat sumur. Di depan sumur agak ke arah barat berdiri Keraton Ratu R. Ayu Rasmana Tirtanegara, dan di depannya berdiri pendapa. Namun pada jaman pemerintahan Sultan Abdurahman Pakunataningrat pendapa tersebut dipindahkan ke Asta Tenggi dan disana didirikan Kantor Koneng. Pembangunan Kantor Koneng (kantor kerajaan/adipati) semula mendapat tentangan keras oleh pemerintah Hindia Belanda karena hal tersebut bertentangan dengan peraturan pemerintah saat itu. Namun, untuk menghindari tuduhan tersebut maka Sultan beninisiatif untuk mengubah seluruh cat bangunan tembok berwarna kuning selaras dengan namanya yaitu “kantor koneng” (bahasa belanda :konenglijk=kantor raja/adipati). Pada Masa Pemerintahan Sultan Abdurrahman, kantor Koneng difungsikan sebagai tempat rapat-rapat rahasia para pejabat-pejabat tinggi Karaton. Di sebelah selatan Kantor Koneng, di pojok sebelah barat pintu masuk berdiri pendapa (paseban).

Pada mulanya antara keraton dengan pendopo letaknya terpisah. Namun, pada masa pemerintahan Sultan Abdurrahman Pakunataningrat, kedua bangunan tersebut dijadikan satu deret. Dahulu, Paseban (pendopo ageng) difungsikan sebagai tempat sidang yang dipimpin langsung oleh sang Adipati dan dihadiri oleh seluruh pejabat tinggi karaton yang waktunya dilaksanakan pada hari-hari tertentu. Paseban sendiri diurus oleh mantri besar dan dibantu oleh kebayan.

Di sebelah selatan Taman Sare berdiri Pendapa atau Paseban dan sekarang dijadikan toko souvenir. Di sebelah selatan keraton terbentang jalan menuju Masjid Jamik Sumenep (ke arah barat), sedangkan ke arah timur menuju jalan Kalianget. Di sebelah timur keraton adalah perkampungan,dan di arah timur jalan adalah Kampong Patemon. Artinya tempat pertemuan aliran air taman keraton dan aliran-aliran air taman milik rakyat dan Taman Lake’ (tempat pemandian prajurit keraton). Dari jalan Dr. Sutomo ke arah timur terdapat jalan menurun, sebelum tikungan jalan berdiri pintu gerbang keluar atau Labang Galidigan. Di sebelah barat pintu keluar terdapat jalan menurun, bekas undakan tujuh.

Di sebelah selatan jalan undakan terdapat Sagaran atau laut kecil merupakan tempat bertamasya putera-puteri Adipati. Sekarang Sagaran tersebut ditempati perumahan rakyat dan lapangan tennis. Di sebelah barat lapangan tennis, berdiri kamarrata merupakan tempat kereta kencana, dan dibelakangnya berdiri kandang kuda lengkap dengan dua taman.

Komplek keraton Sumenep justru tidak menghadap ke barat tetapi ke selatan. Hal ini berhubungan dengan legenda laut selatan ( selat Madura ) tempat bersemayamnya Raden Segoro dan analog dengan legenda di Mataram tentang Nyai Roro Kidul yang konon istri dari Sultan Agung yang bersemayam/bertahta di Segoro Kidul ( Lautan Indonesia ). Dari legenda tersebut menimbulkan dogma turun temurun bahwa rumah tinggal yang baik harus menghadap ke selatan. Ditinjau dari tapak ( site planning ) terlihat bahwa kompleks bangunan keraton pada prinsipnya menganut keseimbangan simetri dengan menggunakan as/sumbu yang cukup kuat. Hal ini merupakan usaha perencanaannya untuk memberikan kesan agung dan berwibawa dari kompleks ini.



Mandiyoso, salah satu ruang didalam kompleks Karaton Sumenep yang menghubungkan Karaton Dhalem dan Pendopo Agung

Struktur Penataan Kota[sunting | sunting sumber]

Konsep dasar perencanaan tata kota Sumenep ditentukan berdasarkan ajaran Islam : hablum minallah wa hablum minannas artinya berhubungan dengan Allah dan berhubungan dengan manusia. Maksudnya alun-alun sebagai pusatnya. Bila menghadap lurus ke barat dimaksudkan kita berhubungan dengan Tuhan ( kiblat di Masjidil haram ) dan kita temukan Masjid jamik. Sebaliknya bila kita menghadap ke timur dimaksudkan berhubungan dengan manusia dan kita dapatkan keraton Sumenep. Hal ini juga dapat dikaitkan dengan ajaran agama Hindu yang mengatakan bahwa timur, arah tempat matahari terbit adalah lambang kehidupan, jadi tempat manusia di alam dunia. Sebaliknya barat tempat matahari terbenam adalah lambang kematian, lambang akherat, dan lambang ketuhanan.

Prasasti Karaton Sumenep[sunting | sunting sumber]

Prasasti keraton Sumenep berisi wasiat Panembahan Somala tentang kompleks bangunan Karaton dan sekitarnya. Prasasti tersebut ditulis pada tahun 1200 H atau tahun ba’ Bulan Muharram dengan huruf arab dan sekarang masih tersimpat di Museum Karaton Sumenep.

Tahun Hijriah Nabi SAW. 1200 (tahun ba’) dibulan Muharram, inilah bangunan-bangunan (tempat tinggal) serta tanah-tanah wakaf Pangeran Natakusuma Adipati Sumenep. Semoga Allah SWT memberi ampun baginya dan kedua orang tuanya. Inilah bangunan serta tanah yang tidak dapat dirusak dan tidak dapat diwaris sebabb bangunan (termasuk tanah tersebut) adalah wakaf yang diperuntukkan untuk kebutuhan orang fair dan orang miskin. Saya memberi perintah kepada sekalian keturunan, atau kalau tidak ada sanggup, kepada lainnya guna memperbaiki mengawasi dan memlihara bangunan-bangunan dan tanah tersebut, bagi keturunan lainnya yang telah memlihara dan mengawasi wakaf itu semoga Allah SWT, mengaruniai keselamatan dunia maupun akherat.

Warisan Budaya[sunting | sunting sumber]

Selain memiliki kemegahan bangunan, Karaton Sumenep juga memiliki suatu warisan budaya yang tak ternilai. antara lain :

         Tari Gambuh,



Tari Gambu Keraton Sumenep

Pada awalnya tari Gambu lebih dikenal dengan Tari keris, dalam catatan Serat Pararaton tari Gambu disebut dengan Tari Silat Sudukan Dhuwung, yang diciptakan oleh Arya Wiraraja dan diajarkan pada para pengikut Raden Wijaya kala mengungsi di keraton Sumenep. Tarian tersebut pernah ditampilkan di keraton Daha oleh para pengikut Raden Wijaya pada perayaan Wuku Galungan yang dilaksanakan oleh Raja Jayakatong dalam suatu acara pasasraman di Manguntur Keraton Daha yang selalu dilaksanakan setiap akhir tahun pada Wuku Galungan. Para pengikut Raden Wijaya antara lain Lembusora, Ranggalawe dan Nambi diadu dengan para Senopati Daha yakni Kebo Mundarang, Mahesa Rubuh dan Pangelet, dan kemenangan berada pada pengikut Rade Wijaya.

Tari Keris ciptaan Arya Wiraraja ini lama sekali tidak diatraksikan. Pada masa kerajaan Mataram Islam di Jawa yakni pada pemerintahan Raden Mas Rangsang Panembahan AGUNG Prabu Pandita Cakrakusuma Senapati ing Alaga Khalifatullah (Sultan Mataram 1613-1645), seorang Raja yang sangat peduli dengan seni dan budaya. Maka kala itu Sumenep diperintah oleh seorang Adipati kerabat Sultan Agung yang bernama Pangeran Anggadipa tarian tersebut dihidupkan kembali sekiotar tahun 1630, diberi nama “Kambuh” dalam bahasa Jawa berarti “terulang kembali” dan sampai detik ini terus diberi nama Kambuh dan lama kelamaan berubah istilah menjadi tari Gambu (dalam logat Sumenep).

       Tari Moang Sangkal,

Mowang berarti membuang, Sangkal berarti sukerta, dan sukerta artinya gelap (sesuatu yg menjadi santapan sebangsa setan, dedemit, jin rayangan, iblis, menurut ajaran Hindu). Sedangkan sangkal adalah mengadopsi dari bahasa Jawi Kuno yang maksudnya Sengkala (sengkolo). Jadi sangkal yang dimaksudkan pada umumnya di Songennep adalah : bila ada orang tua mempunyai anak gadis lalu dilamar oleh laki-laki, tidak boleh ditolak karena membuat si gadis tersebut akan “sangkal” (tidak laku selamanya).Pada awalnya tari Mowang Sangkal agak keras geraknya yang diiringi dengan gamelan dengan gending ”sampak” lalu mengalir pada gending ”oramba’-orambe’” yang mengisyaratkan para putri keraton menuju ke ”taman sare”. Dan kemudian gerakannya tambah halus, gerakan yg lebih halus inilah mengisyaratkan para putri sedang berjalan di Mandiyoso (korridor keraton keraton menuju Pendopo Agung Keraton). Pada umumnya kostum yang dipakai adalah warna ciri khas Songennep, merah dan kuning, karena perpaduan warna tersebut mengandung filosofi ”kapodhang nyocco’ sare” yang maksudnya ”Rato prapa’na bunga” (raja sedang bahagia). sedangkan paduan warna kostum merah dan hijau atau kuning dan hijau folosofinya ”kapodang nyocco’ daun” maksudnya ”Rato prapa’na bendhu” (Raja sedang marah).

       Odeng rek-kerek, salah satu kostum penutup kepala seorang laki-laki yang diciptakan oleh Sultan Abdurrahman Pakunataningrat yang tak lain dimaksudkan untuk merendahkan martabat pemerintahan Kolonial Belanda ketika menjajah Sumenep kala itu, “rek-kerek” dalam bahasa Madura mempunyai arti anak anjing (patek).


       Zulkarnaen, Iskandar. 2003. Sejarah Sumenep. Sumenep: Dinas Pariwisata dan kebudayaan kabupaten Sumenep.

       Adurrahchman, Drs.1971.Sejarah Madura Selajang Pandang. Sumenep

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Buitenzorg Palace (1744)

Buitenzorg/Bogor – Indonesia

The original palace was built in 1744 as a country retreat for the Dutch Governors. This building was substantially damaged by an earthquake in 1834, triggered by the volcanic eruption of Mount Salak. The palace was rebuilt into its present form in 1856 – this time with only one story instead of the original three, as a precaution against further earthquakes. Till 1942, Buitenzorg Palace served as the official residence of the Dutch Governors-General. After the Indonesian independence, the palace was used by President Sukarno, but then largely neglected by Suharto when he came to office. The grounds of the estate contain several buildings – the largest of which is the main palace and its two wings.

The Palace is surrounded by the largest and most famous botanical gardens of South-East Asia. An area of 284,000 square metres (28.4 hectares). The garden was built by Governor-General Gustaaf Willem, Baron van Imhoff. The extensive grounds of the presidential palace were later converted into a botanical garden by the German-born Dutch botanist, Professor Casper George Carl Reinwardt. The gardens officially opened in 1817 as ‘s Lands Plantentuin (‘National Botanical Garden’) and were used to research and develop plants and seeds from other parts of the Indonesian archipelago for cultivation during the 19th century. This is a tradition that continues today and contributes to the garden’s reputation as a major center for botanical research.Today the garden contains more than 15,000 species of trees and plants located among streams and lotus ponds. There are 400 types of exceptional palms to be found along the extensive lawns and avenues, helping the gardens create a refuge for more than 50 different varieties of birds and for groups of bats roosting high in the trees.




in 1897

is de loop van de Tjiliwoeng nog min of meer ongewijzigd

Om er voor te zorgen dat Weltevreden een aantrekkelijk gebied zou worden voor de nog in de Benedenstad wonende Europeanen, liet Daendels de later beroemde Societeit De Harmonie bouwen, nummer 29 op onze kaart.
Inderdaad wat moeilijk te vinden :

In het noorden van de kaart, bij de Kleine Boom, loopt de rivier de Tjiliwoeng. Daar waar de Tjiliwoeng naar het Oosten afbuigt, begint een kanaal met Tramway ernaast, het kanaal werd Molenvliet genoemd.
Trambaan en Molenvliet buigen op een gegeven moment naar het Oosten en daar op die hoek lag Societeit De Harmonie. Een klein stukje naar het Noorden aan de Westkant van Molenvliet, links van het woord (wijk) Noordwijk ligt ons nummer 10, Hotel Des Indes. Ten Zuiden van Noordwijk, aan de andere kant van het Molenvliet, lag de wijk Rijswijk met het beroemde Koningsplein en het Waterlooplein, over deze twee pleinen en Societeit De Harmonie zal Aad het ooit ook nog eens gaan hebben…

We ontvingen, samengevat, deze vragen, allemaal verband houdend met de naam Rijswijk, een chique wijk in Batavia, vooral in de 19e eeuw:

  1. 1.      De wijk Rijswijk was oorspronkelijk een gebiedsdeel van het landgoed Rijswijk en is vernoemd naar het fort Rijswijk.
  2. 2.     Wanneer en waarom kreeg dit gebied bij Batavia de naam Rijswijk, heeft het iets te maken met Rijswijk bij Den Haag?
  3. 3.     Was de stichting van de wijk Rijswijk voor of na de afbraak van Fort Rijswijk.
  4. 4.     Hoe dicht was de bewoning toen Daendels er de Harmonie liet bouwen?
  5. 5.     Is bekend hoeveel oppervlak het grondgebied, c.q. de bebouwde wijk Rijswijk besloeg en hoeveel mensen er woonden, in verhouding tot de rest van de bovenstad?
  6. 6.     Wat is het verschil tussen Paleis Rijswijk en Paleis Koningsplein, die met elkaar verbonden waren ??
  7. 7.      Waren beide paleizen, Paleis Rijswijk en Paleis Koningsplein vroeger de residentie van de Gouverneur-Generaal en waarom werden ze zo genoemd: Paleis Rijswijk en Paleis Koningsplein?

We kunnen hierover het volgende vertellen, het is inderdaad een beetje ingewikkeld en soms heel verwarrend……:


Fort Rijswijk ten zuiden van Batavia

Ten zuiden van Batavia, een maand na de bouw van het Fort Jacatra, werd in augustus 1656 het vierhoekige redoute

Fort Rijswijk

gebouwd. Fort Rijswijk werd aan de oostzijde van de rivier de Krokot gebouwd te midden van de


velden, waarbij Rijs een Oud-Hollands woord is voor Rijs


Fort Rijswijk werd in 1697 weer ontruimd en in 1729 afgebroken.

Ten oosten van Fort Rijswijk en Fort



(gebouwd een jaar na Fort Rijswijk en pas afgebroken in 1809)

verrezen half 18e eeuw de eerste grote, we zouden nu zeggen, Herenhuizen in Weltevreden, een zeer toepasselijke naam !!

Ongeveer op de oude lokatie van Fort Rijswijk zou Daendels Sociëteit de Harmonie laten bouwen, daarbij werden stenen gebruikt van de oude stadswallen van de Benedenstad van Batavia.

Weltevreden lag op een behoorlijke afstand van de steeds onhygiënisch wordende Benedenstad en ook het Gouvernement besloot in Weltevreden een buitenverblijf te bouwen. De eerste die dit deed, was Gouverneur-Generaal Jacob Mossel. Ook zijn opvolgers trokken zich geregeld terug in dit fraaie buitenverblijf.

Gouverneur-Generaal Petrus Albertus van der Parra zou het geheel uiteindelijk zodanig verbouwen dat het paste bij de status van een Gouverneur-Generaal van Nederlands-Indië….

(al werd het toen nog Oost-Indië genoemd)






Het buitenverblijf van Gouverneur-Generaal Mossel en zijn opvolgers

1741 – Escaping Chinese from Batavia attack Semarang and Rembang; the VOC leaves Demak. Pakubuwono II changes sides, sends a force to attack VOC at Semarang, and destroys the VOC garrison at Kartasura. Cakraningrat IV of Madura declares allegiance with the VOC, and rejects his ties with Mataram and Pakubuwono II.


Forces of Mataram and rebellious Chinese attack many north coast cities of the VOC. Siege of Semarang is unsuccessful. Rival Governor-Generals of the VOC struggle in Batavia: Valckenier arrests Van Imhoff and sends him back to Europe. The Heeren XVII in the Netherlands names Van Imhoff as Governor-General. Valckenier is himself eventually arrested and jailed.


1742 – Negotiations begin between the VOC and Pakubuwono II of Mataram as the VOC and Cakraningrat IV of Madura spread their power. An agreement is reached between the VOC and Pakubuwono II. A popular rebellion under Sunan Kuning, a grandson of Amangkurat III, against the VOC and Mataram takes hold in the countryside. Cakraningrat IV retakes Kartasura from the rebels. The VOC is suspicious, and orders Pakubuwono II to be put back on throne. VOC troops defeat the last of the Chinese forces; a general amnesty is declared.


1743 – November 11 Pakubuwono II gives VOC Surabaya, Rembang, Jepara and claims to easternmost Java and West Madura. VOC receives a say in court appointments. Mixed-Portuguese locals attack VOC post at Kupang on Timor; VOC solidifies control of western part of Timor. VOC takes Bawean island.


1745 –

Cakraningrat IV wages war with the VOC, attacks Surabaya, and retakes much of Madura and East Java. He is defeated by VOC forces and escapes to Banjarmasin, but the Sultan of Banjar captures him and sends him to Batavia. The VOC exiles him to South Africa. Gov-Gen Van Imhoff founds Buitenzorg (today’s Bogor). Malaria epidemic in Batavia.


Sentot Alibasyah (Prawiradirja)

in 1745

they went to war against the VOC. The fighting ravaged Madura and much of the north coast, but by the end of the year the Madurese were defeated and West Madura’s status as a VOC vassal was confirmed.

Pakubuwana II’s concessions to the Dutch in 1743 included the right for the VOC to take a narrow strip of land along the entire north coast, as well as along rivers feeding into the Java Sea. The VOC did not take up this option but instead in 1746 pressed the king to lease to the VOC the entire north coastal region. Despite opposition from within the court, the king acquiesced, prompting a further rebellion, led by the capable Pangeran Mangkubumi.

territory of Mataram and the fact that some territories were still held jointly. There was almost constant conflict over land between the three authorities until a more detailed settlement was reached in 1774.

the Dutch in Yogyakarta City of Fort Tatas built in 1709. [30]
 1710: Prince Aji ing chances, Anum Bannerman Martapura Kukar XIII became King until the year 1735


Hussin Kamaluddin became Sultan of Brunei until the year 1762 for the second time.

Ship Dragon and pepper in Banjarmasin Onflow load. [32] [33]
 1747: Dutch Company founded the fort on the island of Tatas (Banjarmasin Central) is the first European settlement in Borneo until 1810 and then abandoned by Marshall Daendels accordance with the agreement with the Sultan of Banjar. [17]
 1747 – VOC decrees that native law (“adat”) will be in force in areas under its control outside of Batavia. VOC establishes a presence at Banjarmasin.


1748 –

VOC sends Sultan of Banten into exile, makes his wife Ratu Sarifa regent but take direct control.


1749 –

December 11 Pakubuwono II, in very ill health, signs a treaty giving full sovereignty in all Mataram to the VOC. (The treaty is widely ignored.) VOC declares Pakubuwono III as heir to throne of Mataram. Mangkubumi claims the title for himself, and rules from Yogya.


By 1749,

the king’s new court at Surakarta

was under threat from the rebels and in desperation he signed over his entire domain to the VOC.

Upon Pakubuwana’s death a few days later,

the VOC installed his son as Pakubuwana III, but Mangkubumi also declared himself king, likewise with the name Pakubuwana.


1750 –

Rebellion in Banten against Ratu Sarifa and the VOC.



1750 – 1761

Gouverneur-Generaal Jacob Mossel


DEI Gouvenor’s Old  Batavia palace




Aan het eind van de 18e eeuw was het buitenverblijf van de Gouverneur-Generaal in Weltevreden weer verouderd.

Gouverneur-Generaal Van Imhoff was de eerste die al mocht gaan bouwen in een gebied wat Van Imhoff noemde












Nama Bogor dapat ditemui pada sebuah dokumen tertanggal 7 April 1752.

Dalam dokumen tersebut tercantum nama Ngabei Raksacandra sebagai “hoofd van de negorij Bogor” (kepala kampung Bogor).


Dalam tahun tersebut ibukota Kabupaten Bogor masih berkedudukan di Tanah Baru. Dua tahun kemudian, Bupati Demang Wirnata mengajukan permohonan kepada Gubernur Jacob Mossel agar diizinkan mendirikan rumah tempat tinggal di Sukahati di dekat “Buitenzorg”. Kelak karena di depan rumah Bupati Bogor tersebut terdapat sebuah kolam besar (empang), maka nama “Sukahati” diganti menjadi “Empang”.

Pada tahun 1752 tersebut, di Kota Bogor belum ada orang asing, kecuali Belanda. Kebun Raya sendiri baru didirikan tahun 1817 sehingga teori “arca sapi” tidak dapat diterima sebagai asal-usul nama Bogor. Letak Kampung Bogor yang awal itu di dalam Kebun Raya ada pada lokasi tanaman kaktus. Pasar yang didirikan pada lokasi kampung tersebut oleh penduduk disebut Pasar Bogor (papan nama “Pasar Baru Bogor” sebenarnya agak mengganggu rangkaian historis ini)




, een naam die we in de geschiedenis van Nederlands-Indië nog vaker tegen zullen komen…..







GG Van Imhoff was de man betrokken bij de beruchte moord
op de Chinese bevolking in en rondom Batavia in 1740:



Sumatra, second half of 18th century

The assassination of Sultan Mahmud of Johor led to the disintegration of what remained of Johor’s empire. The Thai state of Ayutthaya invaded Trengganu, most of the east Sumatra coast as well as the Minangkabau settlements west of Melaka threw off Johor’s domination, and in 1718 Johor’s former vassal Siak attacked and occupied its territory. The sultan fled to Trengganu, which enjoyed a brief heyday as the centre of Malay power on the peninsula, though its power never extended beyond the east coast. Johor, meanwhile, came under the control of Bugis adventurers from Sulawesi, who also established the new state of Selangor between Melaka and Perak.





Silver and coins to be used in the East India Trade:

Spanish Eight Reals coins ‘Pieces of Eight’.

To the left a ‘Pillar Dollar’ type and to the right a ‘Cob’ type, and a bar of silver from the VOC, indented to be made into coins




Two sides of a duit, a coin minted in 1735 by the VOC.





The first domino that would eventually precipitate the sheering off of half the kingdom, however, fell in Batavia in 1740, when the inhabitants went on the rampage and slaughtered the entire Chinese population of the VOC capital.

The rebel Chinese band whose arrival had prompted the slaughter, bolstered by the handful of angry survivors, rattled off along the Pasisir, their black pigtails swinging, their sharp knives flashing in the scorching sunlight.

For much of the coming year it looked as though they would overwhelm the Dutch in the VOC outposts all along the coast.  New rebellions blossomed spontaneously in their wake, and they began to bear down on the Mataram capital, drawing in local malcontents along the way.

The ruler of the day was the aging Susuhunan Pakubuwono II (the title of ‘sultan’ had been dropped several generations earlier).

He was one of the more useless scions of the Mataram dynasty, and the Queen of the Southern Ocean was evidently not advising him well, for he now decided to throw his lot in with the rebels.  There had been slowly simmering hostility to the Dutch for decades in Mataram despite the fact that the foreigners had become a near-essential part of the scene.

By the 1740s the VOC was bankrupt and its armies were exhausted from an endless round of mercenary work in Central Java, and for a while it really did look as though the Chinese-led rebellion might be the end of their adventure.


Pakubuwono II enthusiastically ordered the annihilation of the little Dutch garrison in the Mataram capital.  When its occupants were captured they were offered the unenviable choice of either conversion to Islam by immediate circumcision, or death by beheading.  Most went for the lesser chop.

The coercive claiming of a few dozen new Muslims was probably Pakubuwono II’s greatest victory however, for the Dutch soon unleashed their secret weapon – another unruly Madurese prince who had stuck with the VOC, and who was soon rampaging with impunity through the outer reaches of Mataram.

Pakubuwono now realised that he had made a horrible mistake: he begged forgiveness of the Dutch.

The Europeans were still not in a position to turn down such an opportunity; they accepted the apology, and as a consequence the rebellion – which by now was more Javanese than Chinese – turned abruptly against the king.  He ended up a wretched vagabond, and his vacant court was sacked twice in five months – first by the rebels, and then by the Madurese warlord.

Eventually the uprising fizzled out; the warlord went back to Madura, and though clearly a broken man, Pakubuwono II regained his throne – having granted control of Mataram’s Pasisir ports to the VOC by way of payment for their assistance.  But, it seems, the very idea of Mataram had been mortally wounded by the whole sorry business.  The Queen of the Southern Ocean had had enough.




A Fickle Nation

In the middle years of the 18th century a frustrated Dutch administrator declared that the Javanese nation ‘is in itself fickle, and by the multitude of princess very inclined to rebellion; for it cannot in truth be said that since the Company’s first move Java has even for ten years been peaceful and quiet, or cleared of rebels.’  It was not an entirely unreasonable assessment.

The bruised, battered and reconstituted court over which Pakubuwono II ruled in the wake of the Chinese rebellion had lost much of its authority.  A Javanese king would never have real legitimacy – and never achieve real success – without the advice and approval of his courtiers.

In fact, it was often said that the most perfect Javanese king was one who acted as nothing more than a passive receptacle for the sacred energy of the realm, a figurehead who handed the practical matters to his patih – his prime minister – and his circle of advisors.  It was hardly democracy, but it did
rely on a kind of assent.  And in the 1740s Pakubuwono II had clearly lost it


Bugis power drove Siak from the peninsula and the Riau archipelago, re-establishing ‘Johor’ with its capital on Bintan. Siak meanwhile extended its power northward along the Sumatra coast as far as Tamiang. Although Siak was still nominally a vassal of Johor until 1745, when the sultan ceded it to the VOC, in practice it was independent of all outside powers.

The greatest power on the island, however, was Palembang, which grew wealthy from the tin mines on the island of Bangka. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin (r. 1724–57) kept tight control of the tin trade and delivered reliably to the VOC. Because Bangka and Belitung had been seriously depopulated by the slave-raiding of the previous century, however, the sultan encouraged Chinese miners to settle and work the deposits. By the middle of the century they dominated production



It was a great war in Java (1740-55),

however, which dealt the death blow to delicate Dutch finances. And once again, through a complex chain of events, it was the Dutch themselves who inadvertently precipitated the conflict. The details of the struggles are too convoluted to follow here, but it began in 1740 with the massacre of the Chinese residents of Batavia, and ended 15 years later, only after many bloody battles broken alliances and kaleidoscopic shifts of fortune had exhausted (or killed) almost everyone on the island. Indeed Java was never the same again, for by the 1755 Treaty of Giyanty, Mataram had been cleft in two, with rival rulers occupying neighboring capitals in Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Nor did the VOC ever recover from this drain on its resources, even though it emerged at this time as the pre-eminent power on Java.




In the rainy February of 1746, trying to start afresh, he had abandoned the old, oft-sacked capital at Kartasura and had the whole court shunted seven miles east to the village of Solo where a grand kraton with a reversed name was built.

The sacred banyan trees that pinned the Alun-Alun, the Royal Square, were uprooted and transplanted to this new town of Surakarta.

The move apparently was an auspicious one, for this new kraton city would survive into the modern era, but it did little for the fortunes of the man who had organised it.

There were still rebel princes rattling around the borderlands, the most notable of whom was a nephew of the king called Mas Said.  He was, it was said, a very small man, but like Colonel Rollo Gillespie he more than made up for it.

A colonial official reported that ‘fire and vivacity radiate from his eyes’.  He hated the Dutch, despised the decayed corruption of the court, and clothed himself in all the righteousness he could find in both Islamic and Javanese lore.  The Queen of the Southern Ocean, Mas Said claimed, had begun consorting with him…

The hapless Pakubuwono II made an offer to the men of his court: if any man could drive the little rebel out of his stronghold on the northern fringes of Mataram, then he would grant him a little kingdom within the kingdom: the direct rule – and the direct income – of 3000 households.

From the king’s legion of half-brothers a man stepped forward.  His name was Mangkubumi, and he was destined for great things.

Mangkubumi was indeed able to drive Mas Said from his stronghold; Pakubuwono II, however, was not able to keep his promise.  This alone would have been enough to send many other courtiers off into rebellion at once, but though the Dutch later spoke of his ‘well-known hot-tempered constitution’, Mangkubumi was apparently a patient man.  He deferred; he bided his time – but not for much longer.

In 1746 the first Dutch Governor-General to visit Mataram arrived in Surakarta.  He was there to hammer out more beneficial terms for the lease of the Pasisir, and he did not follow courtly etiquette.  He was abrupt in his manner.

He demanded that the Javanese cede these coastal territories entirely in return for the fairly paltry sum of 20,000 Spanish dollars a year.

A stronger king would have said no, but Pakubuwono II was no strongman; he said yes.  Mangkubumi, still smarting from the broken promise, was furious.

For one thing, he felt, the Dutch had set the rent far too low.  But more importantly, the king had violated that Javanese ideal of courtly assent: he had made a unilateral decision.

In the account of the final break between the half-brothers recorded in the courtly chronicles, the exchange is full of soft, restrained, refined rage.

As they stand amongst the columns of the royal pendopo the air in the scented space between the two half-brothers seems almost to crackle; anger makes the words quieter rather than louder, to the point where Mangkubumi’s final, devastating declaration is scarcely audible at all:

His Highness [Pakubuwono II]said softly,
‘Know, Mangkubumi,
That Grandfather General has arrived,
Asking for the lease of the Pasisir.
I, younger brother, have already agreed
To the company’s request,
Because I was intimidated by the discussion.’
The honoured Pangeran [Mangkubumi] spoke softly,
‘My lord, but this is not fitting.’

But this is not fitting…

With those devastatingly understated words Mangkubumi launched a civil war that would last for a decade, and that would not end until Mataram was split down the middle.

A Kingdom Halved

Mangkubumi went into rebellion at once, and joined forces with none other than the little zealot Mas Said.  They thundered through the green heartlands of Java, and within a year had gathered a righteous army of 13,000 men.  All the rebels, all the malcontents and rabble-rousers who had been spawned by the generations of unrest now had a man they could flock to with conviction.  Seeking long forgotten wellsprings Mangkubumi had gone back to the source and set himself up close to the site of Sultan Agung’s original capital on the line between Merapi and the sea – they called this new rebel capital Yogyakarta.  The Queen of the Southern Ocean, whose temper had long been tested by her unruly protégés, seems to have been impressed.


Rebel Kingdom: Early Yogyakarta

Back in Surakarta, meanwhile, the hapless Pakubuwono II was almost certainly clinically depressed.

Though he had somehow held on to his throne and founded a fine new capital, his entire reign could only really be judged a disaster.  It is unsurprising therefore that he seems to have decided that it was time to die.

He no longer cared about the kingdom, and when the Dutch Governor of the Pasisir arrived to visit him on his deathbed he made him an offer that his half-brother would most certainly have considered unfitting, that left even the Dutch taken aback: he offered to hand over Mataram to the Governor.

The VOC could have his kingdom if only it would earn him a final moment of peace.The flabbergasted colonial officials hurriedly battered out a treaty to that effect – though they realised that with 13,000 men and a pair of rebel princes just 40 miles down the road it was hardly worth the fine parchment on which it was so lavishly inscribed.

They also realised that with his mind now at ease the old king might relax a little and take his time over dying.  There was no sense in waiting; they needed to get the pliant Crown Prince onto the throne as quickly as possible while the treaty still held.

There was a little initial difficulty over this, for it transpired that the old man had recently attempted to stab his heir with a kris and had banned him from the inner sanctum of the Surakarta Kraton.  It was perhaps forgivable: between interminable rebellion and impending death, he had been under a lot of stress.

The issue was eventually resolved, and on 15 December 1749 Susuhunan Pakubuwono III, the last king of united Mataram, was placed on the Surakarta throne with Dutch patrons in attendance.

The old king died peacefully five days later.  There was only one small problem in all this: at about the same time – quite possibly on the very same day – a wildcat coronation had taken place a day’s ride to the southwest.  Mangkubumi, in a makeshift tented court, had also been declared Susuhunan Pakubuwono Senopati Ingalaga Ngabdurahman Sajidin Panatagama, King of all Mataram.  The civil war was going to get much worse before it ever got better.

As a new decade rumbled on, so did the fighting.  For the best part of a century the Dutch VOC had been entangled in the affairs of Mataram, and though they had always looked to earn cash or the territory for their involvement, their fundamental goal had remained the same – to stabilise the kingdom, to steady the throne when it tottered, and to make sure that the man upon it was someone they could work with.  But by the 1750s they were exhausted – financially, physically, and imaginatively.  This rebellion was worse than any of the others, worse even than the Chinese upheavals of the previous decade.

They could keep Pakubuwono III (who seemed to be every bit as lonely and miserable as his deceased father) safe in his Surakarta Kraton, but even the thought of taking on the ascendant rebels was beyond their capabilities.

Their own empire was dying; they could hardly save someone else’s, so when word leached out of the heartlands that Mangkubumi had split with his half-sized sidekick Mas Said, they snatched at the opportunity with all the joyless enthusiasm of a man who will take anything he can get.



Bugis Sultan Banjar land to borrow to establish settlements in Tanjung Aru (the border area with Paser Land of Spices).


After another six years of war, the VOC and Mangkubumi finally reached an agreement,

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The low country of Central Java, cradle of the Mataram realm, and of the great temple-building Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms before it, opened under a fine, bluish haze to the west.

Here and there trails of wood-smoke rose into the still, damp air, and away to the south, beyond a few low ridges, the land faded towards the angry Southern Ocean.


In the distance to the west Gunung Merapi loomed, dark and unassailable against a pearly sky.

It was the height of the wet season in 1755.

The two Javanese royals, sitting a few feet apart at a heavyset table carried into place for the meeting, could hardly look at each other.  They could hardly speak.

A temporary pavilion had been built here at the little village of Jatisari, on the outer ramparts of Mount Lawu, above the court city of Surakarta.

At a respectful distance grooms were minding fine Bima horses with richly inlaid bridles.

Courtiers in full regalia were watching from the side-lines, and a gamelan orchestra was in full flow beneath an awning.  Every effort had been made to make the setting softly suitable, to make the meeting as easy as possible.

But the royals – uncle and nephew, with the older man in the role of young pretender – were overcome with emotion.  This was not the conclusion either had wanted; in fact no one at Jatisari on 15 February 1755 really imagined that it was a conclusion, at least not one that would still be holding good centuries later.

It was left to the host, a Dutchman, to ease things along.  Nicolaas Hartingh, Governor of the VOC’s north coast territories, and point of contact with the Mataram court, spoke in flowing Javanese.

This, he declared, was a special moment; after decades of turmoil there was finally peace in Java.

When he had finished he took the hands of the two men – Susuhunan Pakubuwono III, and his uncle, officially recognised just a few days earlier at a spot higher up the mountain as the first sultan of what was to become Yogyakarta.

Hartingh raised the pair of limp, clammy palms above the table, and called for three glasses of beer.

Finally, falteringly, the Susuhunan and the new Sultan regained their words, and nudged gently onwards by the Dutchman they swore to fight each other no more, and to join forces against a certain rebel prince, somewhere at large in the swathe of green territory below them.  All three men raised their glasses and drank.

As a token of friendship the Susuhunan offered his uncle a sacred kris, an heirloom dagger loaded with energy and power – the very kind of relic that the Sultan of a new court needed.  The kris had a black handle and a slender blade marked with strange whorls.  It had belonged, it was said, to one of the nine semi-mythical holy men who had brought Islam to Java several centuries earlier.

And with that the meeting was over.  There was a moment of embarrassed confusion – such an encounter had never before taken place; there was no protocol over who should leave first.  But at a whispered suggestion the royals turned to European fashion for an exit: they each drank another glass of beer, and then, in the words of Hartingh, they ‘clasped their hands and said farewell by repeatedly putting their hands on one another’s shoulders, thus as it were giving the kiss of unity and brotherly love, which met with the admiration of everyone, for such is something uncommon between such potentates and has never been seen in Java; indeed, the dignitaries on either side stood up staring in amazement and prophesied to them that something good would come of his event.’

The Susuhunan rode away towards Surakarta with Hartingh by his side.  The new Sultan rode back up the slopes to his temporary camp.  Though their courts were barely a day’s journey apart, the two rival royals would never meet face to face again.  After almost 200 turbulent years the mighty realm of Mataram had been cleaved in two.

By the time the Hartingh presided over the signing of the Treaty of Giyanti, the mighty kingdom of Mataram had fallen far from glory.


The VOC’s man on the scene was now Nicolaas Hartingh.  He spoke Javanese; he was well-versed in the lore, the law and the lie of the land, and he opened a creeping correspondence with the rebel king.

Mangkubumi himself was looking for a way out.  Over the hot months of 1754 he and Hartingh – their messages borne by a mysterious Turk who had materialised in Central Java – edged towards a possible solution: they would split the kingdom.




On 13 February 1755 at Giyanti, a misty, murky spot perched high on the slopes of Mount Lawu, Mangkubumi met with Hartingh to sign a contract.

It gave the rebel half the Mataram realm, and half of the 20,000 dollar rent for the Pasisir too.

Mangkubumi’s party did not yet have the full accoutrements of a court; they were lacking pusaka and life in the field meant the full formalities could not be respected.

But still, they had a certain grandeur, an aura, a charisma.  With the contract signed Hartingh led Mangkubumi to a makeshift throne, and as he climbed up onto it he became the officially recognised Sultan Hamengkubuwono I.

Those amongst the watching Javanese who were well steeped in the ancient texts and the rhythms of the wayang kulit noticed something at once: sitting there on the slopes of Mount Lawu with all Java beneath him,

Mangkubumi, a Muslim prince who had just taken the Islamic title of Sultan, looked for all the world like the Wishnu, the Hindu god who, in the Javanese telling of the tale, is the saviour of mankind in troubled times.

Two day later the whole party rode down the lower slopes to that spot at Jatisari where a gamelan was playing and Pakubuwono III was waiting with tears in his eyes.  From now on what had once been Mataram would have both a Susuhunan and a Sultan.



The Return of the King

Ask any modern Indonesian high school student who has managed to stay awake during history class about the Treaty of Giyanti, and they will tell you without blinking that it was a classic case of imperialist divide and rule, the horrible Hollanders at their very worst.

Those with a more fertile imagination and a firm grip on Indonesia’s favourite literary clichés will tell you that Nicolaas Hartingh, with his slick language skills and his glib turns of phrase, was the dalang, the puppet-master, in whose hands the Javanese royals had been rendered into the perforated leather shadows of the wayang kulit, held up against the screen of history with a volcano for a back-light.  It’s a nice idea, especially for a nationalist, but it’s not really true.

The idea of splitting the kingdom was as much Javanese as Dutch, and not without precedent.  Other rumpled realms had been divided between warring sons (the mighty11th century ruler Airlangga actually pre-emptively split his realm between his children, for example).

It was always a last resort, but it was never meant to be final.  It would allow breathing space, perhaps for a generation or more, but eventually some all-conquering king would reassert himself.  That was how it had always been, and there is nothing to suggest that, as they rode away from Jatisari in the cool mists of February 1755, either the Javanese kings or the accompanying Dutchman ever supposed that this time things would prove different.

And in any case, even if Nicolaas Hartingh had been planning to create a permanently hobbled native realm in 1755, even if he had been planning to replace one all-powerful state with two petty principalities, the policy would have been a notable failure.  For decades, for whole generations, Mataram had been hopelessly unstable; by the end it had become a joke.  But the partition had an unexpected consequence: after flickering, fading, guttering and all but vanishing, the light, the lustre, the sacred sparkle, was back on in Central Java, and the great courtly realm of Yogyakarta had come into being…



the 1755 Treaty of Giyanti,

which partitioned Mataram between the two royal contenders. Mangkubumi took the title of Sultan and the regnal name Hamengkubuwana, and established his capital in the town of Yogyakarta, while Pakubuwana III remained as Susuhunan in the older city of Surakarta. Both rulers confirmed the VOC’s lease over the north coast and its ownership of the eastern peninsula.



Akhirnya pada tanggal 13 Februari 1755 dilakukan penandatanganan naskah Perjanjian Giyanti yang mengakui Mangkubumi sebagai Sultan Hamengkubuwana I.

Wilayah kerajaan yang dipimpin Pakubuwana III dibelah menjadi dua. Hamengkubuwana I mendapat setengah bagian.

Perjanjian Giyanti ini juga merupakan perjanjian persekutuan baru antara pemberontak kelompok Mangkubumi bergabung dengan Pakubuwono III dan VOC menjadi persekutuan untuk melenyapkan pemberontak kelompok Raden Mas Said.

Bergabungnya Mangkubumi dengan VOC dan Paku Buwono III adalah permulaan menuju kesepakatan pembagian Mataram menjadi Surakarta dan Yogyakarta.


Dari persekutuan ini dapat dipertanyakan; Mengapa Mangkubumi bersedia membagi Kerajaan Mataram sedangkan persellisihan dengan menantunya Raden Mas Said berpangkal pada supremasi kedaulatan Mataram yang tunggal dan tidak terbagi?


Dari pihak VOC langsung dapat dibaca bahwa dengan pembagian Mataram menjadikan VOC keberadaannya di wilayah Mataram tetap dapat dipertahankan. VOC mendapat keuntungan dengan pembagian Mataram.

Sejak Perjanjian Giyanti wilayah kerajaan Mataram dibagi menjadi dua. Pakubuwana III tetap menjadi raja di Surakarta, Mangkubumi dengan gelar Sultan Hamengkubuwana I menjadi raja di Yogyakarta.Mangkubumi sekarang sudah memiliki kekuasaan dan menjadi Raja maka tinggal kerajaan tempat untuk memerintah belum dimilikinya.Untuk mendirikan Keraton/Istana Mangkubumi kepada VOC mengajukan uang persekot sewa pantai utara Jawa tetapi VOC saat itu belum memiliki yang diminta oleh Mangkubumi.

Pada bulan April 1755

Hamengkubuwana I memutuskan untuk membuka Hutan Pabringan sebagai ibu kota Kerajaan yang menjadi bagian kekuasaannya .

Sebelumnya, di hutan tersebut pernah terdapat pesanggrahan bernama Ngayogya sebagai tempat peristirahatan saat mengantar jenazah dari Surakarta menuju Imogiri. Oleh karena itu, ibu kota baru dari Kerajaan yang menjadi bagiannya tersebut pun diberi nama Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, atau disingkat Yogyakarta.



Panglima Muda Seti, being considered as the head of the league, came down with twenty thousand followers, and, upon the king’s refusing to admit into the castle his complimentary present (considering it only as the prelude to humiliating negotiation), another war commenced that lasted for two years, and was at length terminated by Muda Seti’s withdrawing from the contest and returning to his province. About five years after this event Juhan shah died, and his son, Pochat-bangta, succeeded him, but not (says this writer, who here concludes his abstract) with the general concurrence of the chiefs, and the country long continued in a disturbed state.


Sejak tanggal 7 Oktober 1756 Hamengkubuwana I pindah dari Kebanaran menuju Yogyakarta.


Seiring berjalannya waktu nama Yogyakarta sebagai ibu kota kerajaannya menjadi lebih populer.

Kerajaan yang dipimpin oleh Hamengkubuwana I kemudian lebih terkenal dengan nama Kesultanan Yogyakarta.




Year 1756

VOC trying to get Lawai, Sintang and Sanggau from Banjarmasin. Initial area in Kalimantan, which claimed to belong to VOCs are areas along the coast from Sukadana until Mempawah given by the Sultanate of Banten on March 26, 1778. VOC had established a factory in Sukadana and Mempawah but 14 years later abandoned due to non-productive (Sir Stamford Rafless, The History of Java). Pontianak Sultanate supported establishment of the VOC in the estuary of the river Hedgehogs Hedgehogs originally protested because it is a territory but eventually loosens the pressure of the VOC. On August 13,


On October 20, 1756 Sultan Banjar Tamjidullah I made a pact with the VOC containing pepper trade ban by the Chinese, English and French will help further VOC reconquer the breakaway region such as: Berau, Kutai, Paser, Sanggau, Sintang and Lawai. Tatas fort was built on the island of Tatas, New York.

Rijder and Buis, 1756

The Rijder, commanded by Captain Jean Gonzal, and the Buis, skippered by Captain Lavienne Lodewijk van Asschens, explored the Gulf of Carpentaria.



Sultan Muhammad Aliuddin Aminullah be Banjar XIII until the year 1761.
 1761: His Majesty Sultan Nata Nature is the Banjar XIV until the year 1801, previously as regent Crown Prince who was a child.






Muhammad Yusuf Tonggi

















Saya begitu yakin bahwa Potret Sultan Hasanuddin yang ada sekerang merupakan bukan Wajah Sultan Hasanuddin Pelaku Perjanian Bongaya tahun 1660-1667.

Namun untuk Wajah Latenri Tatta Daeng Serang Arung Palakka sudah benar krena memang mirip dengan Lukisan Aslinya, Potrer dibawa ini dapat menjadi kajian.



Dalam Sejarah Perjanjian Bongaya yang kita tahu selama ini, kita mengenal salah satu nama pada Riwayat Sulawesi yang kita sebut sebagai Kolonel Poleman yang menjmput Lantenri Tatta Daeng Serang pada tahun 1641, namun kita tidak peranh tahu kalau Kolonel Poleman adalah Sang Bandar Potete’.

Dalam Riwayat Arung Mampu, Sah Bandar Potere’ bernama Laparuisi’ yang namanya kemudian menjadi asal usul nama Tanjung Periuk di Jakarta

Source . Muhammad Yusuf Tonggi (2013)






A montage of extremely rare E.I.C. coins struck in 1714 for use in St. Helena is made from black and white illustrations. The heart –shaped bale mark began use when the New or English East India Company was formed in 1698. The London E.I.C. bought a large number of the former’s shares and the two amalgamated in 1708/9 as “The United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies.” This is shortened to the letters V.E.I.C. on the balemark, for United East India Company.



The death of Juhan shah is stated in the Annals to have taken place in August 1760, and the accession of the son, who took the name of Ala-eddin Muhammed shah, not until November of the same year. Other authorities place these events in 1761.


In the final years of the century, the rulers of Pontianak claimed Sanggau, Landak, Matan and Tayan as vassals, but they never ruled those areas directly. North of Pontianak, the states of Sambas and Mempawah were transformed from about 1760 by the arrival of Chinese miners to work the gold fields of the region.

The miners came at first at the invitation of the local rulers, but their commercial organizations, or kongsi, soon developed into small republics virtually independent of the rulers. States of a different kind also emerged in this era in the interior of western Kalimantan, along the Kapuas River and its tributaries. For the most part, the elites of these states were Malays, often with trading interests, who established varying degrees of hegemony over the indigenous Dayaks.

The largest of these states, Sintang, was moderately significant, but the states further upstream were small, sometimes claiming only a few hundred subjects.



The great palace of weltevreden(demobilized 1820)

Now RSPAD(Indonesian National Army Hospital)


Omar Akamuddin I to the Sultan of Sambas until 1793.

In Brunei, Omar Ali Saifuddin I to the Sultan of Brunei until 1795.




King Amiril Pengiran Maharajadinda Tidung served until 1782.


Before he had completed the third year of his reign an insurrection of his subjects obliged him to save himself by flight on board a ship in the road. This happened in 1763 or 1764. The throne was seized by the maharaja (first officer of state) named Sinara, who assumed the title of Beder-eddin Juhan shah, and about the end of 1765 was put to death by the adherents of the fugitive monarch, Muhammed shah, who thereupon returned to the throne.*

(*Footnote. Captain Forrest acquaints us that he visited the court of Mahomed Selim (the latter name is not given to this prince by any other writer) in the year 1764, at which time he appeared to be about forty years of age. It is difficult to reconcile this date with the recorded events of this unfortunate reign, and I have doubts whether it was not the usurper whom the Captain saw.)

He was exposed however to further revolutions. About six years after his restoration the palace was attacked in the night by a desperate band of two hundred men, headed by a man called Raja Udah, and he was once more obliged to make a precipitate retreat. This usurper took the title of sultan Suliman shah, but after a short reign of three months was driven out in his turn and forced to fly for refuge to one of the islands in the eastern sea. The nature of his pretensions, if he had any, have not been stated, but he never gave any further trouble. From this period Muhammed maintained possession of his capital, although it was generally in a state of confusion.





Mohr Obsevatory  (demobilized)



 1766: Ibrahim Sultan Alam Shah became Sultan of Sand III until 1786.
 October 23, 1771: City of Pontianak was founded by Abdurrahman Sharif Alkadrie who in 1778 sanctioned the Dutch VOC-I as Sultan of Pontianak in power until 1808. Establishment of a new kingdom at the mouth of the river was originally protested by Hedgehogs Hedgehog Kingdom.
 1772: Sayyid Idrus Alaydrus, son of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I of the Sultanate of Palembang was appointed VOC-Dutch became the first camp Pertuan kingdom, ruled until 1795.
 1773: British occupy Balambangan. [34]
 1775: La Pangewa, was sworn in as lieutenant of the Bugis Pagatan Kapitan title by Sultan of Pulo Sea Tahmidullah II, after pounding the Prince Amir (King Kusan I) are out of the way up to Kuala Biaju.
 1777: Republic of Hakka Lanfang a country in West Kalimantan, founded by Mr. Fang Low until finally destroyed by the VOC, the Dutch in 1884.
 1778: According to the deed dated March 26, 1778 Hedgehog and Sukadana submitted to the Dutch Company by the Sultan of Banten. This is the territory that originally belonged to the VOC.
 1778: Sultan Aji Muhammad Aliyeddin be Kukar XIV until the year 1780.
 1780: Sultan Aji Muhammad Muslihuddin be Kukar XV until the year 1816.
 1780: Sultanate Banjarmasin population approaching 9000 people. [35]
 1782: Amiril Pengiran Maharajalila III became King Tidung until 1817.
 28 September 1782: Pemindahkan Kutai Sultanate’s capital of Pemarangan to the Edge of Pandan.
 1785: Prince Amir assisted Whitewater Tarawe Tabaneo attacked by troops Paser 3000 the Bugis-powered boats 60 to demand the throne of the Sultanate of Banjar of Tahmidullah II. [36]
 1786: Queen of the Great became the Sultan of Sand II until 1788.
 May 14, 1787: Prince Amir Dutch Company were arrested, then exiled to Sri Lanka.
 August 13, 1787: Tahmidullah II Sultan of the Sultanate Banjar cede sovereignty to the VOC became the protectorate of the deed of submission in front of the Resident Walbeck, after the VOC, the Dutch managed to get rid of Prince Amir, his rival in the struggle for the throne. Most of Borneo submitted become property of the company VOCs.
 1788: Sultan Anom Dipati Alamsyah became Sultan of Sand III until 1799. Sultan is married to the Queen is the Queen of Diamonds I Tjangtoeng and Batoe Litjin.
 1789: Sultan of Pontianak with Dutch support attacks against Panembahan Mempawah with the objective of winning the region Panembahan Mempawah. Lan Fong partnership then also sent troops to help force the Sultan of Pontianak. Panembahan Mempawah Panembahan Mempawah defeated then King resigned himself to the Authorship and later settled there.
 1790: Abubakar Tajuddin I became Sultan of Sambas until 1814.
 1795: Mohammed Tajuddin became Sultan of Brunei IX until 1807. Ordered Khatib Haji Abdul Latif writes Genealogy of the Kings of Brunei and ordered him to make a home waqf for Brunei pilgrims in Mecca.
 1795: Kingdom of Panembahan Simpang Matan built on the remnants of the Kingdom Sukadana [37]
 1797: Sovereignty of the Sea Island area Paser and VOC handed back to the Sultan of Banjar, Tahmidullah II.
 1799: Sultan Sulaiman Alam II became Sultan of Sand IV until 1811.
Age of British Colonialism

1746 – Pangeran Mangkubumi, disgusted with capitulations to the VOC (and being the target of court intrigues to take away his lands), announces full-scale rebellion. He is joined by Pangeran Mas Said. August 26: First VOC Post Office opened in Jakarta. VOC reestablishes presence in Perak. VOC receives Siak (across the straits from Melaka) from the Sultan of Johore. Bank van Leening founded by VOC to support trade.



Lahir : Palembang, 1767
Wafat : Ternate, 26 November 1852

Spoiler for Biografi Singkat

SEMENJAK ditunjuk menjadi Sultan Kerajaan Palembang menggantikan ayahnya Sultan Muhammad Baha’uddin, Mahmud Badaruddin melakukan perlawanan terhadap Inggris dan Belanda.



Towards the end of the century, however, Sukadana’s power was increasingly challenged by the new state of Pontianak, founded by an Arab adventurer in 1772.



“In the year 1772,” says Captain Forrest, “Mr. Giles Holloway, resident of Tappanooly, was sent to Achin by the Bencoolen government, with a letter and present, to ask leave from the king to make a settlement there. I carried him from his residency. Not being very well on my arrival, I did not accompany Mr. Holloway (a very sensible and discreet gentleman, and who spoke the Malay tongue very fluently) on shore at his first audience; and finding his commission likely to prove abortive I did not go to the palace at all. There was great anarchy and confusion at this time; and the malcontents came often, as I was informed, near the king’s palace at night.”



The Captain further remarks that when again there in 1775 he could not obtain an audience.




In 1778, Banten ceded its defunct rights over Sukadana to the VOC,


Banten joined Pontianak in 1786 in an attack which utterly destroyed the city.

The royal family of Sukadana continued to rule the minor state of Matan (Kayung), but Sukadana was abandoned and Pontianak became the main centre of trade on the west coast.


the Sultanate of Banjar a protectorate, VOCs and vazal vazal Banjarmasin submitted to VOCs include East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, part of South Kalimantan, West Kalimantan and the interior, which reaffirmed the 1826 agreement. Then formed the Dutch East Indies Residency Residency Sambas and Pontianak with the appointment of kings as a regent of the Netherlands Indies colonial administration. Later merged into the Residency Residency Sambas and Pontianak Kalimantan hinterland into Residency West Borneo. Dutch East Indies in 1860 abolished the Sultanate of Banjar, then the last territory to be part of the Residency Afdeeling South and East Borneo.


Sumatra and the Malay peninsula, first half of 18th century

During the second half of the 18th century, VOC power became increasingly decisive in the international politics of the Melaka Strait region. In 1753, the Company gained sovereignty over Banten, giving it a legal claim to Lampung. It was also engaged in a protracted struggle with the Bugis on the peninsula and in the Riau archipelago during which the Bugis occupied Kedah and the Dutch briefly took Selangor and sacked Bintan yet again. Johor, which still had little presence in the Malay Peninsula, came under Dutch influence and was under effective Dutch rule until 1795.


The west coast of Sumatra, meanwhile, became the scene of sporadic competition between the colonial powers. The vague understanding which gave the north to the VOC and the south to the British broke down when the British established forts at Poncang Kecil and Natal on the Tapanuli coast in 1752, though these posts never grew into a significant colonial presence. In the south, Bencoolen was briefly occupied by French forces in 1760.

In 1759

the fortifications were improved by the addition of a dry dich which can still be seen. The earth  from the ditch was dug out to a depth of six feet and width of twelve feet. The eaeth from this ditch was placed between the original outer wall of the fort and a new wall which had been contructed thus making the fort virtually impregnable from gun fire.This work gave the fort the resemblance that is seen today, with the enlarged gun platforms and ramparts.Shortly after this improvement, a french napal squadron, under the command of comte Charles-henri ‘Estaing’, arrived Bencoolen.Owing toa lack of ammunition and supplies but to surrender to the French Commander.The town  and fort were handed over the intruders withour conflict. The french used the fort as aprison for the East India company garrison, but affer some decimation of his force by a variety of fevers, the french commander abandoned Bencoolen and handed the town and fort back to the Ease town and fort back to the Ease India company representative althoug they too had been severely reduced in number owing to sickness and fevers.

In 1760  the Ease  india company settlement on the west coast of the sumatra were declared a presidency with Bencoolen becoming a presidential town, The garrison had, unfortunately, capitulated to the french before the new of the raise in  status was received. Following the departure of the french maritime force the senior appointtmen was up-granded to that of Governor and the firs to be  appointed was roger carter.

second half of 18th century


The second major geo-political zone to develop in western Indonesia was in Java. In the interior of the island, a combination of rich volcanic soil and abundant rain made the Kedu plain the richest agricultural region of maritime Southeast Asia. Somewhat isolated from the north coast by mountains, the region was less vulnerable than most to sea-borne attack, and its rulers were able to keep the merchant world of the trading cities at bay, with the result that royal authority became more deeply established than elsewhere.

The early history of Kedu is as shadowy as that of the rest of the archipelago. The region may at first have been under the domination of Ho-ling, but in about 732 a king called Sanjaya, a follower of the Hindu god Siva, established a kingdom there which we generally call Mataram. Sanjaya was probably not an absolute ruler in any sense; he is probably best thought of as a local warlord who managed by a combination of careful alliance and calculated warfare with other warlords to establish himself as the most important power-holder in the plain. Within a few decades, moreover, and for reasons still not at all clear, his lineage was eclipsed by other rulers who were followers of Mahayana Buddhism and who acknowledged the suzerainty of the Sailendra dynasty. The Sailendras apparently sponsored the construction of the Borobudur, a massive Buddhist stupa, on the Kedu plain, as well as a number of other major monuments. This era of temple construction, which is paralleled nowhere else in maritime Southeast Asia, is a powerful measure of the ability of rulers in Central Java to mobilize the labour of their people on a massive scale.

The coastal polity of Ho-ling evidently survived the rise to power of Mataram on the other side of the mountains, for its ruler sent an embassy to China as late as 820, announcing that it had resumed the old name Jawa (‘Shepo’), but there are signs that it sent this embassy from eastern Java, having been displaced there by Mataram.

The disappearance of Ho-ling soon after 820 coincides with the overthrow of the Sailendras by a Hindu descendant of Sanjaya named Pikatan who restored Sivaitic Hinduism as the dominant religion. Pikatan or his successors were responsible for the construction of the Hindu temple complex of Prambanan and the century or so which followed is generally recognized as a time of cultural florescence, in which Java absorbed and re-worked new elements of Indian culture to create a distinctive indigenous variant of Indian civilization.

In the middle of the 10th century, for reasons which are still not clear, the centre of Javanese power moved from the Kedu plain to the valley of the Brantas River in eastern Java. There, with easier access to the sea, Javanese rulers may have become more closely involved in trade. They were also more vulnerable, and in 1016 were badly defeated in battle, probably during an attack from Srivijaya.

Java in turmoil, 1676-1681: the Trunajaya rebellion



VOC civil administration in Indonesia, 1792

VOC civil administration in central and east Java, 1792

VOC civil administration in Ambon, 1792


1751 – VOC forces des

Private estates close to Batavia, about 1750

The city of Batavia, on the other hand, gradually developed into a significant urban settlement. Built at first in Dutch style, with tall buildings facing on to a grid of narrow canals, the city soon spread beyond its old walls. In the newer southern suburbs of the city, called Weltevreden, Dutch architecture was modified to take more account of the needs of life in the tropics.

As far as possible, the VOC preferred not to take a direct hand in the day-to-day administration of the territories they dominated. Rather, they sought to work with established indigenous elites, believing that these elites possessed a political legitimacy as rulers which the Dutch would never have and that Dutch domination thus could be maintained without unduly offending indigenous sensibilities. On Java, they turned for the most part to the bupati who had been regional lords under Mataram and whom they referred to as regenten (regents).

The Dutch maintained the bupati as symbols of traditional authority and each bupati had responsibility for law and order in his district. In most regions, however, the bupati were also deeply involved in Dutch economic programmes. The most important of these programmes was the Priangan System (Preanger-Stelsel), applied in the so-called Priangan Regencies (Preanger Regentschappen). The people of the region farmed coffee estates for the bupati, who received 10% of the produce for their role. The producers were obliged to deliver the remainder of the crop to the Company, which paid them at half the market rate, in exchange for exempting them from land tax and further feudal services to the bupati. In practice, however, the bupati retained wide powers to tax their subjects on top of the official provisions. This lucrative arrangement remained in force from the early 18th century until 1870.

In the early days of the Company’s settlement at Batavia, Banten (which the Dutch called Bantam) had been a major regional power. Because it possessed only a small agricultural hinterland, it was much more vulnerable than Mataram and its military power was decisively broken in 1677. Thereafter, although the Dutch repeatedly nibbled at the boundary with Banten in order to increase the territory around Batavia, and although they forced the sultan to recognize their suzerainty in 1752, the sultanate was left intact. Only in 1808 did the Dutch annex the coastal regions, a prelude to the incorporation of the rest of the territory in 1813.

troy the Banten rebellion; guerilla attacks continue against VOC plantations around Batavia. VOC extends control over Lampung.



– Mangkubumi considers negotiating with VOC, worries about possible disloyalty from Mas Said.



– February 13 Treaty of Gijanti: Sultan Hamengkubuwono gets VOC recognition of title and lands. Treaty requires Sultan Hamengkubuwono to ally himself with the VOC against Mas Said. Mas Said, now without allies, attacks VOC forces.


Java after the Treaty of Giyanti, 1755

The Javanese territories continued to be divided into mancanegara and negara agung, as in the time of Sultan Agung, but areas such as Banyumas and Pacitan were now included in the negara agung. These boundaries remained intact until the end of the century.

By the second half of the 18th century, the VOC controlled more than half of Java. Only Banten and a severely truncated Mataram remained outside their control, and in fact the rulers of both territories had formally acknowledged Dutch suzerainty, Mataram in 1749 and Banten in 1752.

Because Dutch dominion had grown gradually under widely differing political and economic conditions, the character of Dutch rule varied from region to region. The oldest region of Dutch rule – Batavia and its surrounding territories, known as the Ommelanden – had been purged of its indigenous inhabitants soon after the first Dutch settlement and was inhabited in the 18th century by the descendants of immigrants, some free-born, some slaves, drawn from many parts of the archipelago and beyond. Balinese and Chinese were an especially significant component of the ethnic mix on the outskirts of the city

Until 1755,

VOC policy had been to support whichever ruler of Mataram they believed could be bent to their interests. From 1755, their policy was one of divide and rule. The partition of Mataram was repeated in Surakarta in 1757 with the installation of another former rebel as prince Mangkunegara I with a domain which was beneath Surakarta in status but not quite subordinate in practice. The arrangement was made all the more complex by the fact that Surakarta and Yogyakarta territories were scattered across the whole of the remaining former

1756 – VOC signs treaties with chiefs on Savu and Sumba. October: Bugis begin a siege of VOC at Melaka. VOC sends a special ambassador to Banjarmasin. A trade agreement is reached. VOC makes agreements with local chieftains on Timor.

1757 – February: Reinforcements from Batavia force Bugis to end siege of Melaka. Mas Said agrees to negotiations with the VOC.


1758 – January 1: VOC signs treaty with the Bugis. Hostilities between the VOC, Yogya, Surakarta and Pangeran Mas Said end; Mas Said becomes Pangeran Mangkunegara I with his court also at Surakarta. VOC has control of all the north coast provinces.


1759 – VOC abandons fort at Linggi, near Melaka.



August 1760
The France assault from the sea and captured Fort Marlborough under the command of Admiral Comte Charles d’Estaing.

March 1761
The France left the Bencoolen.

July 1761
The British expedition under the command of Captain Vincent was conflicted by native authority. They refused the British arrival in Bencoolen.






1761 – 1775

Gouverneur-Generaal Petrus Albertus van der Parra

1781The British in turn occupied Padang from 1781 to 1784, while the French took the settlement briefly in 1793. In 1795, under an agreement between William of Orange and the British during the Napoleonic occupation of the Netherlands, British forces occupied Padang again, along with Melaka, to exclude the French.


February 1762
The British retake the Fort Marlborough. When the British returned to slip back it to Bengal’s jurisdiction, Bencoolen functioned as separated presidency until 1773







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1775 – 1777

Gouverneur-Generaal Jeremias van Riemsdijk


1765 – VOC abandons fort at Siak.


1768 – VOC expedition to Malang against descendants of Surapati captures Pangeran Singasari, who dies in custody.


1769 – French expedition steals clove and nutmeg plants from Ambon, breaking the VOC monopoly. Portuguese build post at Dili, East Timor.


1770 – English Captain James Cook visits Batavia.


1771 – Last of Surapati’s line is captured by VOC forces in Malang. Malang now falls under VOC control. VOC forces work to push Balinese out of Balambangan. Syarif Abdurrahman from Arabia founds Pontianak, becomes its first Sultan.


1778 – Sultan of Pontianak accepts VOC protectorate in exchange for recognition by the VOC as a Sultan. The Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen is founded. (Its collections would later form the basis of the National Museum and National Library.)



Kuta Besak is the center court Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, as traditional power centers that experienced the change from middle age into a new era in the 19th century. Understanding Kuto here comes from the Sanskrit word, which means: The city, castle, fort, stronghold (see ‘Dictionary of Ancient Java – Indonesia’, L Mardiwarsito, Nusa Indah Flores, 1986).

Melayu Language (Palembang) seems to put more emphasis on the meaning of the castle, fortress, stronghold kuto meaning even more defined in terms of the shape of the high fence wall. While understanding more of the country translated.

The fort was founded in 1780 by Sultan Muhammad Bahauddin (father Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II). This idea comes from the fortress of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I (1724-1758), or known by Jayo Wikramo, who founded the Old Palace Kuta in 1737. This castle development process is fully supported by all the people in South Sumatra. They also donated building materials and labor executive.

Who was the architect, is not known with certainty. There is the suggestion that the architect was the Europeans. For monitoring the implementation of the work entrusted to a Chinese, who are experts in their fields.

As a material for the adhesive cement brick limestone is used in rural areas Ogan River. Limestone material landfills are located in the back of the Land of the Kingdom which is now called the Kapuran Village, and creeks are used as a means of transport is Kapuran River.

1781 – British take the Dutch outpost at Perak.


1783 – The VOC, short of cash, asks the Netherlands States-General for financial assistance.


1784 – VOC attacks Riau to prevent the British from taking over. October 29: VOC defeats Bugis forces in Riau. Sultan of Riau dies without a successor; VOC takes complete control of Johore and Riau by treaty. VOC builds fort on Bintan. Treaty of Paris ends the war with Britain, and opens the VOC controlled Indies to free trade.



February 1785
Presidency of Fort Marlborough was set back to Residency administration, and responsible to Calcutta Presidency in India. It ruled until the end of the colony in 1825 on the subject of Anglo-Dutch Treaty 1824.

Fort Marlborough seen from the South
Engraved by Joseph Stadler 1799

Fort Marlborough seen from the South-East
Engraved by Joseph Stadler 1799

1780 – War breaks out between the Netherlands and Britain. Extra troops are sent to Java. Plague in Batavia. Smallpox epidemic on Sumatra. Islamic reform movement grows in Minangkabau.


1786 – British found Penang in Malaya. Sultan of Banjar cedes sovereignty to VOC

1790 – Rumours spread that Pakubuwono IV is planning a massacre of Dutch in Java, and takeovers of the Yogya and Mangkunegara courts. Forces from Yogya and VOC surround Surakarta. Pakubuwono IV orders his advisors to leave court; VOC sends them into exile. Gold rush begins in West Kalimantan.


1791 – VOC withdraws from Pontianak.



An extrack from the East India company record showing the military establishment of Fort Marlborough for 1791

1792 – VOC declares that Mangkunegara title and possessions are hereditary.


VOC civil administration in Banda, 1792

This administrative burden contributed to growing financial difficulties for the VOC during the 18th century. The Company’s monopoly policies, moreover, had contributed to serious impoverishment in the archipelago, diminishing the possibility of large profits. In response, the Dutch sought to drive down the purchase price of produce by various systems of forced delivery which often caused enormous hardship to their Indonesian subjects. A further problem was high levels of corruption amongst Company officials, despite draconian penalties for those who were caught. Another blow were French raids on Ambon in 1769–1772 which obtained clove plants and allowed the French to begin cultivation of cloves in Mauritius. The consequence was that the Company began to borrow money to pay its still-impressive dividends to investors, thereby digging itself into deeper financial problems. Many attempts at reform were begun during the 18th century; some of them tightening systems of control, others proposing some liberalization, but entrenched interests in Batavia were able for the most part to prevent reforms from having long-term effect.

By the end of the century, the VOC could no longer pay its way, and on 31 December 1799 it was formally wound up, its property, debts and interests in the Indies being taken over by the Dutch state. At that moment, however, not just the system of Dutch rule in the archipelago was in the balance. Dutch power itself appeared likely to disappear in the Napoleonic world war between England and France.

The English East India Company (EIC), founded in 1600, was a joint stock company like the VOC formed to exploit the trading opportunities of Asia. Unlike the VOC, it was reconstituted initially after each voyage and then at intervals of four years, so that it did not immediately develop a lasting bureaucratic stucture like that of the Dutch company. The two companies almost immediately came into conflict over trade in the archipelago, with Governor-General Coen unilaterally declaring Maluku closed to the English in 1616. The English established posts on Lontor and Run in the Banda Islands, but were generally outmanoeuvred by the Dutch. The conflict came to a head in 1623, in the so-called Amboyna massacre, when ten English company agents on Ambon were tortured and executed on charges of conspiring against the VOC.

The English briefly established a headquarters at Legundi off the southern tip of Sumatra, but were forced by disease to move first to Batavia and then to Banten. Their interest, however, was moving towards India and they did not attempt to maintain more than a scattering of small posts in Indonesia from this time.

By 1684 the English had lost all their former posts and forts in Indonesia, but in the following year they began to develop interests on the western coast of Sumatra, beginning with Pariaman. These interests grew into control of the southern part of that coast, with a headquarters at Bengkulu (Bencoolen), which became a base, according to Dutch complaints, for private English traders to infringe Dutch monopolies throughout the western archipelago

1795 – January Dutch revolutionaries and French troops declare the Batavian Republic in the Netherlands. The Stadhouder of the Netherlands flees to London. The new Republic finds itself in a state of war with Britain. February 7: The Prince of Orange, stadhouder-in-exile of the Netherlands, issues a letter to all colonial governors telling them to surrender to the British. (The VOC in Batavia do not comply.) August: VOC surrenders Melaka to the British East India Company.



– March 1 Heeren XVII transfer administration of the VOC to a government Committee for East Indian Affairs. Mangkunegara II inherits court, but much of the treasury is stolen by the VOC resident at Surakarta. British occupy Padang. British occupy Ambon. Riots break out in Maluku between villages. VOC fortress at Ternate refuses to surrender.

Opium In Indonesia

The opium trade was of immense importance.
Asia was not very interested in European products, but the VOC stimulated the usage of opium.
Opium sap was mainly gathered . in Bengal India and processed on Java.


The opium was bartered for tea and other Chinese products and was very profitable.
In Batavia, in 1744, already 243.000 pounds of raw opium was auctioned.
The buyers were mainly Chinese.




Also a very lucrative smuggling trade existed, controlled by the VOC employees themselves.
Therefore, Governor-General Van Imhoff established, in 1745, the” Societeit van den Amfioen Handel”.This Institute got the monopoly of the trade on Java
and bought each year a fixed quantity of Amfioen ( opium).
Of course, this Institute stimulated the usage of opium on Java.



When the British conquered Calcutta in 1756,


the VOC sent a squadron to protect the Dutch Factorijen ( Trade Houses ) in Bengal.
The British attacked this squadron without warning and annihilated the VOC ships .
From that moment on, the British East India Company commanded that monopoly of the opium trade.


Thus, the VOC was allowed to buy that same opium from the British, for a considerable price,
but could not realize big profits again, of course.
The loss of the opium trade meant the beginning of the downfall of the VOC and the rise of Britain as a colonial superpower in Asia.




La Maddukkelleng (1700-l765)


La Maddukkelleng (lahir: Wajo, Sulawesi Selatan, 1700 – wafat: Wajo, Sulawesi Selatan, 1765)

adalah seorang ksatria dari Wajo, Sulawesi Selatan.

Pada masa kecilnya hidup di lingkungan istana (Arung Matowa Wajo) Wajo. Menginjak masa remaja ia diajak oleh pamannya mengikuti acara adu (sambung) ayam di kerajaan tetangganya Bone. Namun pada waktu itu terjadi ketidak adilan penyelenggaraan acara tersebut dimana orang Wajo merasa dipihak yang teraniaya, La Maddukkelleng tidak menerima hal tersebut dan terjadilah perkelahian.

Ia lalu kembali ke Wajo dalam pengejaran orang Bone, lalu lewat Dewan Ade Pitue, ia memohon izin untuk merantau mencari ilmu. Dengan berbekal Tiga Ujung, (ujung mulut, ujung tombak, dan ujung kemaluan) ia berhasil di negeri Pasir (Kalimantan) sampai ke Malaysia, dan merajai Selat Makassar, hingga Belanda menjulukinya dengan Bajak Laut.

Dia berhasil menikah dengan puteri Raja Pasir, dan salah seorang puterinya kimpoi dengan Raja Kutai.

Dia bersama pengikutnya terus menerus melawan Belanda.

Setelah sepuluh tahun La Maddukkelleng memerintah Pasir sebagai Sultan Pasir, datanglah utusan dari Arung Matowa Wajo La Salewangeng yang bernama La Dalle Arung Taa

menghadap Sultan Pasir dengan membawa surat yang isinya mengajak kembali, karena Wajo dalam ancaman Bone. La Maddukkelleng akhirnya kembali lagi ke Tanah Wajo dan melalui suatu mufakat Arung Ennengnge (Dewan Adat), beliau diangkat sebagai Arung Matowa Wajo XXXIV. Dalam pemerintahannya, tercatat berhasil menciptakan strategi pemerintahan yang cemerlang yang terus menerus melawan dominasi Belanda dan membebaskan Wajo dari penjajahan diktean Kerajaan Bone, juga keberhasilan memperluas wilayah kekuasaan Kerajaan Wajo.












Lahir : Ulu Sungai, Riau 1725
Wafat : Teluk Ketapang, 18 Juni 1784

RAJA HAJI FISABILILLAH diangkat menjadi Yang Dipertuan Muda (YDM) Kerajaan Melayu Riau pada tahun 1777. Sebagai Yang Dipertuan Muda, Raja Haji bertanggung jawab terhadap jalannya pemerintahan di Kerajaan Melayu Riau. Dalam masa pemerintahannya, Kerajaan Melayu Riau berkembang cukup baik.

Akan tetapi, Belanda yang saat itu masih menguasai Malaka, tetap merupakan ancaman bagi kerajaan-kerajaan di sekitarnya.





Nuku Muhammad Amiruddin


Spoiler for siapa dia ??

Muhammad Amiruddin atau lebih dikenal dengan nama Sultan Nuku (Soasiu, Tidore, 1738 – Tidore, 14 November 1805)

adalah seorang Pahlawan Nasional Indonesia. Dia merupakan

sultan dari Kesultanan Tidore yang dinobatkan pada tanggal 13 April 1779,

dengan gelar “Sri Paduka Maha Tuan Sultan Saidul Jehad el Ma’bus Amiruddin Syah Kaicil Paparangan”

Muhamad Amiruddin alias Nuku adalah putra Sultan Jamaluddin (1757–1779) dari kerajaan Tidore.

Nuku juga dijuluki sebagai Jou Barakati artinya Panglima Perang. Pada zaman pemerintahan Nuku (1797 – 1805), Kesultanan Tidore mempunyai wilayah kerajaan yang luas yang meliputi Pulau Tidore, Halmahera Tengah, pantai Barat dan bagian Utara Irian Barat serta Seram Timur. Sejarah mencatat bahwa hampir 25 tahun, Nuku bergumul dengan peperangan untuk mempertahankan tanah airnya dan membela kebenaran.

Dari satu daerah, Nuku berpindah ke daerah lain, dari perairan yang satu menerobos ke perairan yang lain, berdiplomasi dengan Belanda maupun dengan Inggris, mengatur strategi dan taktik serta terjun ke medan perang. Semuanya dilakukan hanya dengan tekad dan tujuan yaitu membebaskan rakyat dari cengkeraman penjajah dan hidup damai dalam alam yang bebas merdeka. Cita-citanya membebaskan seluruh kepulauan Maluku terutama Maluku Utara (Maloko Kie Raha) dari penjajah bangsa asing.

Perang dengan Belanda
Pemerintah Kolonial Belanda yang berpusat di Batavia (kini Jakarta) dengan gubernur-gubernurnya yang ada di Ambon, Banda dan Ternate selalu berhadapan dengan raja pemberontak ini yang terus mengganjal kekuasaan Kompeni (Belanda) tanpa kompromi. Mereka semua tidak mampu menghadapi konfrontasi Nuku. Nuku merupakan musuh bebuyutan yang tidak bisa ditaklukan, bahkan tidak pernah mundur selangkahpun saat bertempur melawan Belanda di darat maupun di laut.

Ia adalah seorang pejuang yang tidak dapat diajak kompromi. Semangat dan perjuangannya tidak pernah padam, walaupun kondisi fisiknya mulai dimakan usia. Kodrat rohaninya tetap kuat dan semangat tetap berkobar sampai ia meninggal dalam usia 67 tahun pada tahun 1805. Sebagai penghargaan terhadap jasa-jasa dan pengorbanannya, Pemerintah Republik Indonesia mengukuhkan Sultan Nuku sebagai “Pahlawan Nasional Indonesia”



Sebetulnya pada tahun 1780, Kerajaan Melayu Riau telah mengadakan perjanjian tersebut, peperangan pun tidak dapat dihindari.

Walaupun angkatan laut Belanda mencoba untuk memblokade Riau, terutama Pulau Pen1yengat sebagai tempat kediaman YDM Raja Haji, armada Melayu Riau dapat dengan mudah menerobos blokade tersebut.


Akhirnya, karena selalu gagal menguasai Pulau Penyengat, Belanda menggunakan taktik mengulur-ulur waktu sambil menunggu bantuan yang lebih besar didatangkan ke Perairan Riau.


Raja haji kemudian bekerja sama dengan Sultan Selangor

untuk memerangi Belanda di Malaka. Untuk menghadapi

pasukan gabungan itu, Belanda mendatangkan pasukannya

dari Jawa dalam jumlah besar.


Pada tahun 1784, terjadilah pertempuran hebat. Raja Haji yang memimpin sendiri pasukannya di Teluk Ketapang akhirnya tewas terkena tembakan.

Semula jenazahnya dimakamkan di Malaka, kemudian dipindahkan ke pemakaman raja-raja Melayu Riau di Pulau Penyengat.


Raja Haji Fisabilillah (1725-l784)

Spoiler for sedikit tentang dirinya

Raja Haji Fisabilillah (lahir di Kota Lama, Ulusungai, Riau, 1725 – meninggal di Ketapang, 18 Juni 1784)

adalah salah satu pahlawan nasional Indonesia.

Ia dimakamkan di Pulau Penyengat, Indera Sakti, Tanjung Pinang, Provinsi Kepulauan Riau. Namanya diabadikan dalam nama bandar udara di Tanjung Pinang, Bandar Udara Internasional Raja Haji Fisabilillah.

Riwayat perjuangan
Raja Haji Fisabililah atau dikenal juga sebagai Raja Haji marhum Teluk Ketapang adalah (Raja) Yang Dipertuan Muda Riau-Lingga-Johor-Pahang IV.

Ia terkenal dalam melawan pemerintahan Belanda dan berhasil membangun pulau Biram Dewa di sungai Riau Lama.

Karena keberaniannya, Raja Haji Fisabililah juga dijuluki (dipanggil) sebagai Pangeran Sutawijaya (Panembahan Senopati) di Jambi. Ia gugur pada saat melakukan penyerangan pangkalan maritim Belanda di Teluk Ketapang (Melaka) pada tahun 1784.


Jenazahnya dipindahkan dari makam di Melaka (Malaysia) ke Pulau Penyengat oleh Raja Ja’afar (putra mahkotanya pada saat memerintah sebagai Yang Dipertuan Muda).







The “Societeit van den Amfioen Handel “ was liquidated in 1794.
The lucrative opium trade was taken over by the Nederlandsch Handels Maatschappij and later by the Opium Regime, a Public Company, that distributed  the opium even via Post Offices.



Weltevreden Palace (1796)

Batavia/Jakarta – Indonesia

Istana Merdeka is a palace complex in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. At first there was only one building in this complex, the Istana Negara. The Istana Negara was originally built as the residence for a Dutch businessman, J. A. van Braam. Rijswijk and Molenvliet (presently known as Harmonie), the location chosen as the time was the most exclusive neighborhood in Weltevreden area, the New Batavia. During its early years, only the State Palace stood in this complex. The State Palace was built in 1796 facing north toward Ciliwung river bank, during the era of Pieter Gerardus van Overstraten as Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, and completed in 1804.

The government used this building as the center of all administration and as the official residence of the Governor-General during a stay in Batavia, in occasion of events such as the Indies Council Meeting held every Wednesday. The Governor-Generals preferred to live in Bogor Palace in Bogor, due to the cooler and more adaptable temperatures in the hillsides of Bogor. The mansion of van Braam was bought due because of a need for the Dutch government to centralize power. However, Daendels Palace (currently Ministry of Finance) in Lapangan Banteng (formerly known as Waterloo Square) was not completed yet.

Upon the completion of Daendels Palace, plans to centralize power changed, and the mansion of van Braam officially became the residency of the governor-general, and Daendels Palace housed administrative buildings. Hotel van den Gouverneur-Generaal (Hotel of the Governor-General) became the official name of the van Braam mansion. During the Colonial era, important events took place in this building. Some of which include the declaration of the cultuur stensel system by the Governor Graaf van den Bosch, and the ratification ceremony of the Lingarjati Treaty on March 25, 1947.

During mid-19th century, the palace does not suffice the accommodation of its administrative purposes, and under orders from J.W. van Lansberge, a new building that today become the Merdeka Palace was built within the complex in 1873 during the Governor General Loudon administration, and finished in 1879 during Governor General Johan Willem van Landsberge administration. This neoclasical building, designed by Drossares, was built in southern part of the complex directly facing Koningsplein (now Merdeka Square). The new Governor General palace at Koningsplein was also known as Istana Gambir (Gambir Palace).


Daendels kocht, na de stichting van Buitenzorg, de vroegere woning van Gouverneur-Generaal Van Riemsdijk aan het Molenvliet, Rijswijk zijde. Dit huis, vanaf 1796 gemoderniseerd, ging dienen als residentie voor de Gouverneurs-Generaal als deze in Batavia waren en werd al s

1797 – Nederlands Zendelinggenootschap or Dutch Missionary Society is founded. This was the beginning of heavy activity by Dutch Protestant missionaries in Indonesia, not only to Java and Sumatra but also to very remote areas, eventually even to Irian Jaya.


In 1797,

the Palembang Darusalam castle was finished, and began formally occupied by the Sultan Muhammad Bahauddin on Monday, 23 Sha’ban 1211 Hijri in the morning or in conjunction with the February 21, 1797 AD. Meanwhile, the oldest son, who became Prince Queen (Crown Prince) occupies the Old Palace Kuta.



1798 – Napoleonic Dutch government revokes charter of VOC, assumes its debts and assets.


1799 –

April 27 Committee for East Indian Affairs sends a letter of instructions to Batavia, stating that the revolutionary ideas of the Republic (liberty and equality) could not be applied to the Indies. Dutch officers under siege at Ternate mutiny and surrender to the British.





The first papermoney of the Netherlands Indies

At the end of the 18th century, the first kind of papermoney appeared in the Netherlands Indies. The notes were issued by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) that represented the Dutch interests in the East.

Many money transports from the Netherlands got lost and the wars with England twarted these transports regularly. Also the political uncertainty in Europe due to the French revolution and the war between France and England, resulting in the occupation by the English of the Dutch possessions in the East and West, bothered the VOC substantially.

As a consequence, the decay of the VOC started in the second half of the 18th century. The subsequent scarcity of money and the shortage of precious metals for coinage, led to the issuing of papermoney in 1782. The notes were issued in a period during which France also re-introduced papermoney and a number of other European countries also started using papermoney, like Sweden, Denmark and England.

Initially interest bearing bonds were issued (6%) in denomiations of 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 en 1000 rijksdaalders. In 1873 the interest was not applied anymore. The notes were issued in multiples of rijksdaalders, starting from 1 up to 1000 rijksdaalders.

The exchange rate of these credit notes and the exchange against cash was problematic due to the impoverished situation of the VOC and resulted in substantial depreciation and the notes being sold at exchange rates lower than 15%.

Just before the VOC got bankrupt in 1799, the Netherlands Indies government issued new emissions, even during the French occupation (in the name of King Lodewijk Napoleon) and the English occupation (in the name of the English East India Company EEIC)) until approximately 1810.


Example of this first papermoney, a rijksdaalder from 1799, good for 48 zwaare stuyvers Indish money, issued in t’ Casteel (the Castle) in Batavia. The notes carry authenticity marks with VOC stamps on obverse and reverse, on handmade paper and has signatures by Brongers, Brinkman and Kleijnst


1800 – VOC formally dissolved on January 1; properties revert to Dutch government. Sultan of the Kraton Kanoman in Cirebon is banished to Ambon by the Dutch. A low-level rebellion breaks out under Bagus Rangen.


The VOC was losing money to corruption and political intrigues. By the end of the 1700s, it was fully bankrupt. On January 1st, 1800, it ceased to exist. The British had taken all the former VOC possessions and protectorates in the area, except for Java, Banjarmasin, Palembang, western Timor and Makassar. Most of these were returned to the Dutch in 1802, only to be reconquered by the British a few years later.


And the Struggle continued…


Atche warriors







Commanders of Dutch East India Ships

in the Eighteenth Century

Commanders of Dutch East India Ships in the Eighteenth Century
By Jaap R. Bruijn
Boydell Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1-84383-622-3, $130.00

Written by a leading maritime historian in the Netherlands, Bruijn focuses on one segment of the VOC (the Dutch East India Company) – the commanders who captained the company’s vessels during the 1700s. Divided into two parts, the first segment of the book focuses on these men at home. Each of the six Chambers of the VOC – located in Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Middelburg, Delft, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam – are covered. He also discusses those commanders who came from other places and the naval officers who sometimes sought employment with the Company. The second half of the book concentrates on the commanders at sea.

Individual chapters

cover their appointments as commander, their training and education, their income, the ships and their lives aboard them, the different personalities present among the commanders, and navigation and other advancements. The final chapter compares the VOC with the English East India Company, France’s Compagnie des Indes, Denmark’s Dansk-Asiatisk Compagnie, and the Swedish Svenska Ostindiska Kompani. The book includes a number of black-and-white illustrations, an extensive bibliography, and two indices (one of Names, one of Ship Names).
Although there is a bit of repetition from one chapter to another, the reiteration helps to keep the reader aware of the subject matter so he/she doesn’t forget a vital piece of information. For the most part the English translation of this Dutch book (
Schippers van de VOC in de achttiende eeuw aan de wal en op zee, De Bataafsche Leeuw, 2008) is well done, although there are a few spots where the reader may have to read a brief passage more than once to fully understand what’s said. The text is easily read by layman and historian alike, and Bruijn skillfully shows the importance and evolution of the VOC on its commanders and the cities from which they sailed during this time period.
The book includes a few references to pirates,

particularly those of the Indian Ocean. The author, as if knowing the gems historical novelists search for when researching a topic, provides a wealth of information that will add realism to their stories.

The price may be steep for some, but this is an important work that is an essential read for anyone interested in the history of the VOC at its zenith. Those who venture to do so will find a fascinating account of what it was like to be a commander in the Dutch East India Company.







BATAVIA ALS HANDELS-, INDUSTRIE- EN WOONSTAD samengesteld in opdracht van de stadsgemeente Batavia. Batavia as a commercial, industrial and residential center written for the municipality of Batavia. Batavia, Amsterdam, G. Kolff & Co., (1937). 8vo. Cloth. With many plates and photographic illustrations. 303 pp.



BATAVIA, GELEGEN OP HET EILAND JAVA, EEN BEROEMDE VOLKPLANTING DER BATAVIEREN. – BATAVIA NOVA, KALAPPA & JACATRA PRIUS DICTA, IN INSULA JAVA, BATAVORUM NOBILIS COLONIA. (Amsterdam, 1702).Engraving. Ca. 21 x 25,5 cm. From: P. Schenk. Hecatompolis sive totius orbis terrarum oppida nobiliora centrum. – Fine bird’s-eye view of Batavia with ships in the foreground.Feith 13; Cat. Batavia Tentoonstelling Amsterdam 1919, 19.



BATAVIA. Die innere Aussicht des Castells in Batavia nebst der Schloss Kirche. – Vuë interieure du pallais de Batavie avec l’eglise du chateau. Augsburg, François Xavier Habermann, (ca. 1780).Contemporary handcoloured perspective view (vue d’optique or Guckkastenbild), with descriptive text in German and French. ca 29 x 40 cm. Collection des prospects. – Handsome view, after J.W. Heijdt, inside the castle depicting the parade-ground with on the left side the houses of the Raad van Indië and on the right side the castle-chucrh, the house of the governor-general and the buildings of the government, in the background the sea with ships. – Fine.Feith 78c; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 208,3.



BATAVIA. Die innere Aussicht des Castells in Batavia nebst der Schloss Kirche. – Vuë interieure du pallais de Batavie avec l’eglise du chateau. Augsburg, François Xavier Habermann, (ca. 1780).Contemporary handcoloured perspective view (vue d’optique or Guckkastenbild). ca 29 x 40 cm. Collection des prospects. – Handsome view, after J.W. Heijdt, inside the castle depicting the parade-ground with on the left side the houses of the Raad van Indië and on the right side the castle-chucrh, the house of the governor-general and the buildings of the government, in the background the sea with ships. – (Without printed text at lower side, just printed title on top).Feith 78c; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 208,3.





BATAVIA. BATAVIA. (Hildburghausen, ca. 1850).Steel-engraving after C. Reiss by W. Wallis. Ca. 10 x 15,5 cm. From: J. Meyer. Universum. – Romantic view from the sea with some people in the foreground.Feith 108; Haks & Maris, Lexicon, B 34.



BATAVIA. BATAVIA. (London, 1704). Engraving. Ca. 12,5 x 16 cm. From: Nieuhof. The voyages and travels. – Panoramic view with on the left the Old Dutch Church and the old townhall and on the right the castle. With title on scroll and coat of arms of Batavia.



BATAVIA. CARTE DES ENVIRONS DE BATAVIA avec la vuë de cette ville. Pour servir a l’histoire generale des voyages. 1750. Tirée des Hollandois. (Amst., 1750).Engraved plan by Dheulland, with cartouche and fine view of Batavia from the sea. Ca. 21 x 28 cm. From: A.F. Prévost. Histoire generale des voyages. – Fine plan and profile of Batavia.Cf. Brommer BAT K35; Feith 30; Cf. Cat. 300-jarig bestaan Batavia 36.



BATAVIA. GESIGHT VAN’T SUYKER PAKHUYS, GESIEN OP DE BRUGH VAN’T CASTEEL BATAVIA. (Amst., 1726).Engraving. Ca. 29 x 37 cm. From: François Valentijn. Oud en nieuw Oost-Indiën. – Fine view of the sugar warehouse seen from the castle-moat, with on the right bastion Diamant. The popular name of Kota Inten (Diamond City), still carries the memory of the Diamond Bastion of the old castle. – (Some wormholes restored).Feith 67e; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 154,5.



BATAVIA. THE GOVERNOR OF BATAVIA’S PALACE, IN THE EAST INDIES. (London, 1780). Engraving by J. Lodge. Ca. 15,5 x 27 cm. – Fine view of the palace with people in the foreground. – Feith 101.



BATAVIA. DE NEDERLANDERS VOOR JACATRA. 1618. (Leyden, 1855).Tinted lithographed plate. Ca. 26 x 36 cm. From: J.H. Eichman & H. Altmann. Vaderlandsche historieplaten. – Historical print depicting the taking by the Dutch of Jacatra in 1602.Catalogus 300-jarig bestaan Batavia, 215. [Boeknr.: 30841 ]

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BATAVIA. PLAN DE BATAVIA. (Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1729).Engraved plan of Batavia. Ca. 21 x 28 cm. From: Pieter van der Aa. Galérie agréable du monde. – Plan of the town with legend in the lower right corner, numbered 1 – 41, referring to all important buildings. Bastin, Batavia, BAT K40; Feith 24.

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BATAVIA. PLAN DE LA VILLE ET DU CHATEAU DE BATAVIA EN L’ISLE DE JAVA. Ware afbeeldinge wegens het casteel ende stadt Batavia gelegen opt groot eylant Java. Leide, Pierre van der Aa, (1729).Engraved plan of Batavia with ships lying in the road, with coat of arms, legend and scroll, in the righthand corner a panoramic view of the city. Ca. 26,5 x 35,5 cm. From: Pieter van der Aa. Galérie agréable du monde. – Fine decorative plan of Batavia after Clemendt de Jonghe.Brommer, Batavia, BAT K25; Feith 14; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan Batavia 20. [Boeknr.: 14110 ]

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BATAVIA. PLAN ODER GRUND-RISS, DER STADT BATAVIA, samt der eine Stund Weges umher liegenden Gegend. (Wilhermsdorff, 1744).Engraving after J.W. Heijdt by A. Hoffer. Ca. 24 x 28 cm. From: J.W. Heydt. Allerneuester .. Schau-Platz. – Charming plan of the town with surroundings. Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 37; Brommer BAT K34. [Boeknr.: 1296 ]

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BATAVIA. PLAN ODER GRUNDRISS DER STADT UND DERER VORSTÄTTE, wie auch des Castels Batavia. (Wilhermsdorff, 1744).Engraving after J.W. Heijdt by A. Hoffer. Ca. 22,5 x 26,5 cm. From: J.W. Heydt. Allerneuester .. Schau-Platz. – Fine plan of Batavia and surroundings. With street-index on scroll.Feith 70a XXII; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 55; Brommer BAT K44. [Boeknr.: 14537 ]

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BATAVIA. Prospect von der Bastion Gelderland ausserhalb der Stadt Batavia, wie solche nach der Natur gege die aussern portugiesischen Kirche und dem blauen Berg zu gezeichnet worden von Johan Wolffgang Heyd. – Vuë de la Bastion de Gelderland .. Augsburg, François Xavier Habermann, (ca. 1780).Contemporary handcoloured perspective view (vue d’optique or Guckkastenbild), with descriptive text in German and French. ca. 29 x 40 cm. Collection des prospects. – Handsome view, after J.W. Heijdt, depicting the Portuguese Church outside the city walls, the present Gereja Sion on Jl. Jaykarta, with the old belltower and the Jassenbridge. It is the oldest remaining VOC-church in Jakarta. – Fine.Feith 78f; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 208,6. [Boeknr.: 32265 ]

€ 350,00


BATAVIA. Prospect von der Bastion Perl längst der Courtine des Castells Batavia gezeichnet. – Vuë de la Bastion Perl, desine pres de Courtine du Chateau de Batavia. Augsburg, François Xavier Habermann, (ca. 1780).Contemporary handcoloured perspective view (vue d’optique or Guckkastenbild), with descriptive text in German and French. ca. 29 x 40 cm. Collection des prospects. – Handsome view, after J.W. Heijdt, depicting the north-west bastion of the castle of Batavia called Parel or Pearl. – Fine.Feith 78e; Cat. 300-jarig bestaan van Batavia 208,5. [Boeknr.: 32264 ]

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The Annals report his death to have happened on the 2nd of June 1781, and observe that from the commencement to the close of his reign the country never enjoyed repose. His brother, named Ala-eddin (or Uleddin, as commonly pronounced, and which seems to have been a favourite title with the Achinese princes), was in exile at Madras during a considerable period, and resided also for some time at Bencoolen.

The eldest son of the deceased king, then about eighteen years of age, succeeded him on the 16th of the same month, by the title of Ala-eddin Mahmud shah Juhan, in spite of an opposition attempted to be raised by the partisans of another son by a favourite wife. Weapons had been drawn in the court before the palace, when the tuanku agung or high priest, a person of great respectability and influence, by whom the former had been educated, came amidst the crowd, bareheaded and without attendance, leading his pupil by the hand. Having placed himself between the contending factions, he addressed them to the following effect: that the prince who stood before them had a natural right and legal claim to the throne of his father; that he had been educated with a view to it, and was qualified to adorn it by his disposition and talents; that he wished however to found his pretensions neither upon his birthright nor the strength of the party attached to him, but upon the general voice of his subjects calling him to the sovereignty; that if such was their sentiment he was ready to undertake the arduous duties of the station, in which he himself would assist him with the fruits of his experience; that if on the contrary they felt a predilection for his rival, no blood should be shed on his account, the prince and his tutor being resolved in that case to yield the point without a struggle, and retire to some distant island. This impressive appeal had the desired effect, and the young prince was invited by unanimous acclamation to assume the reins of government.*

(*Footnote. Mr. Philip Braham, late chief of the East India Company’s settlement of Fort Marlborough, by whom the circumstances of this event were related to me, arrived at Achin in July 1781, about a fortnight after the transaction. He thus described his audience. The king was seated in a gallery (to which there were no visible steps), at the extremity of a spacious hall or court, and a curtain which hung before him was drawn aside when it was his pleasure to appear. In this court were great numbers of female attendants, but not armed, as they have been described. Mr. Braham was introduced through a long file of guards armed with blunderbusses, and then seated on a carpet in front of the gallery. When a conversation had been carried on for some time through the Shabandar, who communicated his answers to an interpreter, by whom they were reported to the king, the latter perceiving that he spoke the Malayan language addressed him directly, and asked several questions respecting England; what number of wives and children our sovereign had; how many ships of war the English kept in India; what was the French force, and others of that nature. He expressed himself in friendly terms with regard to our nation, and said he should always be happy to countenance our traders in his ports. Even at this early period of his reign he had abolished some vexatious imposts. Mr. Braham had an opportunity of learning the great degree of power and control possessed by certain of the orang kayas, who held their respective districts in actual sovereignty, and kept the city in awe by stopping, when it suited their purpose, the supplies of provisions. Captain Forrest, who once more visited Achin in 1784 and was treated with much distinction (see his Voyage to the Mergui Archipelago page 51), says he appeared to be twenty-five years of age; but this was a misconception. Mr. Kenneth Mackenzie, who saw him in 1782, judged him to have been at that time no more than nineteen or twenty, which corresponds with Mr. Braham’s statement.)

Little is known of the transactions of his reign, but that little is in favour of his personal character. The Annals (not always unexceptionable evidence when speaking of the living monarch) describe him as being endowed with every princely virtue, exercising the functions of government with vigour and rectitude, of undaunted courage, attentive to the protection of the ministers of religion, munificent to the descendants of the prophet (seiyid, but commonly pronounced sidi) and to men of learning, prompt at all times to administer justice, and consequently revered and beloved by his people. I have not been enabled to ascertain the year in which he died.



Before the British invasion of Java the East Indies were almost entirely unknown in the English-speaking world.

In British popular imagination Java would have had no profile whatsoever, were it not for one tall traveller’s tale – a piece of lurid tropical fantasy full of the kind of exotic threat that still typifies western media images of Indonesia today.  Java, the armchair travellers of Georgian England knew, was the home of ‘The Celebrated Poison Tree’.

The Ends of the Earth

The stories of the upas, ‘the Hydra Tree of Death’, that titillated and terrified the readers of popular magazines at the turn of the 19th century, by rights belonged to the long-past era of Sir John Mandeville, when the nether regions of the earth were populated with unicorns, giants, men without heads and women with horns for feet.

In fact, what is probably the earliest European reference to the Poison Tree myth actually comes from one of Mandeville’s 14th century contemporaries, the French Catholic traveller Friar Jordanus.

In his Mirabilia Descrpita he wrote of Java (which he had never visited) that there were ‘trees producing cloves, which when they are in flower emit an odour so pungent that they kill every man who cometh among them, unless he shut his mouth and nostrils.’

The good friar also noted that Java was home to a race of pygmies, and that ‘In a certain part of that island they delight to eat white and fat men when they can get them…’

Such stories had, for the most part, vanished by the 19th century.  But so mysteriously remote and unknown was Java that the tale of the Poison Tree was able to put down deep roots in the European imagination.

That poisonous plants existed in the fetid forests of the Torrid Zone was beyond dispute; the native huntsmen of Borneo, Java and the Spice Islands were known to dip their arrows in some kind of powerful toxin – as were their counterparts in Africa and the Amazon.

But the myth of the Poison Tree of Java towered tall over the general jungle of tropical ephemera.

Shameless Doctor

The story was popularised in an article by an entirely shameless German doctor named J.N. Foersch, whose account first appeared in the December 1783 edition of The London Magazine, also known as the Gentlemen’s Monthly Intelligencer.  Foersch’s intelligent and gentlemanly readers were treated to what he claimed was an eye-witness account, ‘accompanied by all those minute and circumstantial details,’ which, one of his cynical critics noted, ‘are generally the seal of truth, and which prevent a man being accused of falsehood, unless he is held in the most profound contempt.’  The doctor was indeed the object of just such contempt amongst botanists and explorers, but the general public lapped up his poison with relish.

Foersch – who was loitering on the fringes of the London scientific scene when he published his story – had several years earlier been employed as a surgeon in the Dutch East Indies.  It was there, he claimed, that he first ‘received several different accounts of the bohon-upas, and the violent effects of its poison’.

Upas was a Javanese word used for the species in question; it simply implied ‘poison’.  ‘Bohon’, meanwhile, was presumably an 18th century mishearing of the Malay word pohon, which means tree.

It is only one nasalised consonant away from the word bohong, of course.  Bohong means ‘lie’.  It is probably rather farfetched – and rather too charitable to the fantasist himself – but it’s nice to think that perhaps Foersch was offering a wry hint to any Malay-speaking readers that his ‘poison tree’ was in fact a ‘poisonous lie’…

According to the story that he later concocted Foersch decided to investigate the rumours of the upas for himself, girded his loins and headed for the misty green mountains of Java.  He told his readers that the Poison Tree – there was only one of them – was situated ‘about twenty seven leagues from Batavia [modern Jakarta], fourteen from Soura-charta [Surakarta], the seat of the emperor, and between eighteen and twenty leagues from Tinkoe [Yogyakarta]’.  This set of directions alone ought to have been enough to set alarm bells ringing: Batavia was fully 80 leagues from Yogyakarta; Foersch’s trio of distances came nowhere close to an intersection anywhere on the island of Java, and even the patchy maps available at the time ought to have made that clear.  But thanks to the gripping details that he provided next, no one seemed to care.

The dread tree, Foersch claimed, was so terrifically toxic that it had poisoned a vast swathe of ground, ‘and the country round it, to the distance of ten or twelve miles from the tree, is entirely barren.  Not a tree nor a shrub, nor even the least plant or grass is to be seen’.  No man or beast could enter the desert without succumbing at once to the choking effluvium that issued from the branches ‘like the putrid steam of a marshy cavern’.  Birds that strayed into the tainted airspace dropped from the sky like feathered meteorites.

Foersch wrote that he had circumnavigated this noxious wasteland, which was ‘surrounded, on all sides, by a circle of high hills and mountains’, and had met with an ‘old ecclesiastic’ who dwelt on the fringes, a Cerberus-like gatekeeper to this grim underworld.

The task of this aged imam, who Foersch claimed to have spent several days with, was to issue equipment and instructions and to administer pre-emptive last rites to the convicted criminals who were despatched into the realm of the Poison Tree to collect its toxic resin in lieu of accepting a more direct death sentence.

When the breeze was blowing away from the old ecclesiastic’s hut, carrying the fumes in the opposite direction, he dressed the convicts in ‘a long leather cap, with two glasses before their eyes, which comes down as far as their breast’.

He also gave them a pair of thick gloves, said a prayer, patted them on the back and shoved them off into almost certain oblivion.  Only one in ten returned alive.

Foersch also claimed to have seen the effects of the poison in action: he gave a graphic account of the execution, by means of upas resin, of 13 concubines of the court of Surakarta who had been caught in beds other than the king’s.

The mention of harems and titillating sexual shenanigans made Foersch’s tale the ultimate Orientalist artefact, and sealed the deal for many of his credulous readers, not least when the ‘fair criminals’ expired ‘in the greatest agonies, crying out to God and Mahomet for mercy’.

Foersch, keen to add a scientific undertone to his fabulous mythmaking, stated that he had carried out his own experiments with the poison, slipping it to a pair of unfortunate puppies.

Howling piteously, the puppies went exactly the same way as the concubines.  He even theorised that the presence of the Poison Tree, breathing its terrible effluent in the highlands of Java, ‘greatly contributes to the unhealthiness of that island’.

The Tree of Knowledge

In all of Foersch’s fabulous fantasies, it is just possible to detect the outlines of the overheard truths from which he must have cobbled together the tale.

The upas tree, or antiaris toxicaria to give it its scientific name, did in fact exist in the forests of Java, and was indeed used as a source of poison for assassination, warfare and hunting – and its finely layered wood was also used in lacquer-work.  There were other poisonous roots and trees too, many of which would indeed have a dramatically deleterious effect if injected into a playful puppy or a fragrant concubine.

And as for the strange story of a dreary land of lifeless rock and dust where nothing would grow, ringed by a wall of sheer hills and ridges, it sounds suspiciously like a garbled report of one of the post-apocalyptic volcanic craters, some of them very large indeed, which lie in the hollow bellies of many of Java’s mountains, and in which it is true that not ‘even the least plant or grass is to be seen’.  Even the story of the condemned men sent forth on the perilous task of harvesting some valuable issue of this hostile environment has a possible inspiration in reality.  Many of Java’s volcanoes produce a bountiful supply of sulphur, and for centuries the business of harvesting it from the mouths of steaming vents and carrying it back up sheer cliffs has been the preserve of some of Indonesia’s toughest men.  So gruelling is the work that it is quite possible that criminals were sometimes condemned to carry it out, and in a world of toxic smoke, changes of wind direction could prove fatal, and many did indeed succumb.

Even Foersch’s set of doubtful directions make some sense in this respect: 27 leagues from Batavia would have taken you deep amongst the sulphurous peaks around Bandung, and bearings of 20 leagues from Yogyakarta and 14 leagues from Solo intersect within striking distance of the top of the Lawu volcano.

But the fact remained that Foersch had made most of it up.  He had joined a long list of fibbing fantasists about the Far East.  His motivations remain unclear, but by choosing Java as his backdrop and England for his audience, he was able to get away with it.



It appears by a Malayan letter from Achin that in 1791 the peace of the capital was much disturbed, and the state of the government as well as of private property (which induced the writer to reship his goods) precarious.


The [6]Dutch East India Company

(Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC in Dutch, literally “United East IndianCompany”) was a chartered company established in 1602,




During the 16th century, the spice trade was dominated by the Portuguese who used Lisbon as a staple port. Before the Dutch Revolt, Antwerp had played an important role as a distribution center in northern Europe, but after 1591 the Portuguese used an international syndicate of the German Fuggers and Welsers, and Spanish and Italian firms that used Hamburg as its northern staple, to distribute their goods, thereby cutting out Dutch merchants. At the same time, the Portuguese trade system was so inefficient that it was unable to supply growing demand, in particular the demand for pepper. The demand for spices was relatively inelastic, and the lagging supply of pepper therefore caused a sharp rise in pepper prices at the time.

Likewise, as Portugal had been “united” with the Spanish crown, with which the Dutch Republicwas at war, in 1580, the Portuguese Empire became an appropriate target for military incursions. These three factors formed motive for Dutch merchants to enter the intercontinental spice trade themselves at this time. Finally, a number of Dutchmen like Jan Huyghen van Linschoten and Cornelis de Houtman obtained first hand knowledge of the “secret” Portuguese trade routes and practices, thereby providing opportunity. The stage was thus set for Houtman’s four-ship exploratory expedition to Banten, the main pepper port of West Java, where they clashed with both the Portuguese and indigenous Indonesians.


Investment in these expeditions was a very high-risk venture, not only because of the usual dangers of piracy, disease and shipwreck, but also because the interplay of inelastic demand and relatively elastic supply of spices could make prices tumble at just the wrong moment, thereby ruining prospects of profitability. To manage such risk the forming of a cartel to control supply would seem logical. This first occurred to the English, who bundled their forces into a monopoly enterprise, the East India Company in 1600, thereby threatening their Dutch competitors with ruin. In 1602, the Dutch government followed suit, sponsoring the creation of a single “United East Indies Company” that was also granted a monopoly over the Asian trade.

To manage such risk the forming of a cartel to control supply would seem logical. This first occurred to the English, who bundled their forces into a monopoly enterprise, the East India Company in 1600, thereby threatening their Dutch competitors with ruin. In 1602, the Dutch government followed suit, sponsoring the creation of a single “United East Indies Company” that was also granted a monopoly over the Asian trade.

Diplomatic agreements in Europe in 1620 ushered in a period of cooperation between the Dutch and the English over the spice trade. This ended with a notorious, but disputed incident, known as the ‘Amboyna massacre‘, where ten Englishmen were arrested, tried and beheaded for conspiracy against the Dutch government. Although this caused outrage in Europe and a diplomatic crisis, the English quietly withdrew from most of their Indonesian activities (except trading in Bantam) and focused on other Asian interests.

The VOC traded throughout Asia. Ships coming into Batavia from the Netherlands carried supplies for VOC settlements in Asia. Silver and copper from Japan were used to trade with India and China for silk, cotton, porcelain, and textiles. These products were either traded within Asia for the coveted spices or brought back to Europe. The VOC was also instrumental in introducing European ideas and technology to Asia. The Company supported Christian missionaries and traded modern technology with China and Japan. A more peaceful VOC trade post on Dejima, an artificial island off the coast of Nagasaki, was for more than two hundred years the only place where Europeans were permitted to trade with Japan.


Dutch East India Company l


Former type

Public company






20 March 1602


17 March 1798


East India House, Amsterdam,Holland, Dutch Republic


The shipyard of the Dutch East India Company in Amsterdam, circa 1750.

VOC headquarters in Amsterdam (theOost-Indisch Huis)

A modern reconstruction of the 18th centuryVOC Amsterdam is permanently anchored in the harbor at the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum(the National Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam.



Dutch Batavia in the 17th Century, built in what is now North Jakarta

The Dutch East Indies Company sent its first ships to the Orient to trade. It soon became an important factor in trading in Asia.


Colombo[CEYLON -SRI LANKA], gravure uit circa 1680




The 1741 Battle of Colachel by Nairs of Travancore under Raja Marthanda Varma was therefore a rearguard action. The Dutch commander Captain Eustachius De Lannoy was captured. Marthanda Varma agreed to spare the Dutch captain’s life on condition that he joined his army and trained his soldiers on modern lines. This defeat in the Travancore-Dutch War is considered the earliest example of an organized Asian power overcoming European military technology and tactics; and it signaled the decline of Dutch power in India.



[7]Portuguese East India Company



Departure of fleet for the Indies from Lisbon harbor, by Theodor de Bry, 1592




Carracks of the India Armada of 1507, from theLivro de Lisuarte de Abreu



The Jerónimos Monastery, built on the profits of the India armadas



The large carrack, thought to be the Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai, and other Portuguese carracks of various sizes. From painting, attributed to either Gregório Lopes or Cornelis Antoniszoon, showing voyage of the marriage party of Portuguese Infanta Beatriz to Savoy,



Portuguese carrack

It was around this time (1614) that the idea for a chartered private Portuguese East Indies company, organized along the lines of Dutch and English companies, was first broached.King Philip IV of Spain (III of Portugal) put the idea in motion in 1624 and appointed D. Jorge Mascarenhas, mayor of Lisbon and member of the Council of State, to head a committee to implement Solis proposal. Despite being supported by Olivares, the proposal faced much skepticism and opposition, particularly by the Duke of Villahermosa (head of the Council of State for Portugal), and Mascarenhas had considerable trouble securing investment commitments.The Companhia do commércio da Índia (or Companhia da India Oriental) finally came into existence in August 1628, when it was granted a charter by King Philip IV. The Companhia was to be governed by a Cámara de Géral Administração.

The company was launched with only around half the capital it originally sought to raise.



The route of Vasco da Gama’s first voyage (1497–1499), what became the typical Carreira da Índia

The End

The Companhia proved unsuccessful. Investors remained skeptical, overseas Portuguese merchants rejected the new Companhia’s authority, and the Anglo-Dutch breach of the old Portuguese empire in Asia had become irreperrable, squeezing margins on the spice trade. The Companhia proved unprofitable, and soon ceased operating and was liquidated in April, 1633.

The Portuguese East India Company was founded in 1628 by Philip III of Portugal[ It was granted a monopoly on the spice trade with India.

The intention was to attract private capital into this trade, but was unsuccessful in this regard and ceased operating in 1633.]

Jenis : Perhiasan Emas
Material : Emas dan Batu Mulia
Era : Abad Ke 18 – 19

Koleksi :
1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY – USA

Data Museum :

Two-Part Buckle with Inlaid Stones

Date: 18th–19th century
Culture: Indonesia
Medium: Gold and inlaid stones
Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: The Samuel Eilenberg-Jonathan P. Rosen Collection of Indonesian Gold, Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg and Gift of Jonathan P. Rosen, 1998
Accession Number: 1998.544.8a, b
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It was 88 years after coins were for struck for Sumatra by the Madras Mint that the next ones were struck for them.


This was in 1783 by a private mint in Bengal owned and set up by John Prinsep. The copper pieces of 2 kepings have on the obverse the balemark commonly used in the 19th Century. It has a device like a figure “4” sometimes claimed to be an altered Cross, changed so as not to offend non Christians. However, Madras, for example, was still using the Cross style into the 19th Century, but no other explanation for the “4” seems to exist. The 2 kepings reverse has date and value in Arabic.






The Sumatra silver 2 Sookoos were struck by the Calcutta mint dated 1793 and 1794. Fort Marlborough was built in1714, 3 miles south of Fort York. It had a convict settlement attached; whose prisoners worked on the E.I.C. plantations. The reverse inscription in Malay script says “money of the Company”; the designs were approved by Warren Hastings.



The next Sumatra copper coinage of one, two, and three kepings was struck by Mathew Boulton, but not at his Soho mint. This was the historic first order for Boulton, who would supply the coining machinery to a makeshift London mint, as Soho had a water-powered rolling mill, but as yet no mint. The first issue was dated 1786 and there were repeat orders in1787 and 1798, the latter struck by Boulton’s steam machinery.


A uniface undated copper cent was struck at Calcutta and taken with the founding EIC expedition to Pulu Penang in 1786. The Island had been given to Francis Light by the Rajah of Kedah, whose daughter he had married. Light thought it would make a suitable Naval Station for the EIC and as part of the agreement, the Sultan was offered protection. However Kedah was annexed by Siam in 1821 and the Sultan deposed.


The following year, 1787 Calcutta struck copper 1, ½ and ¼ cents for Pulu Penang. The common obverse is a balemark, no value is stated and the reverse inscription translates as “Prince of Wales Island.”


Silver followed in 1788 also struck by Calcutta. Again no values stated, the obverse and reverse of the 1/10 dollar is shown. It was overweight being close to 1/8 dollar; the ¼ and ½ dollars were also overweight and it is probable that most of the issue was melted for bullion as the issue is now scarce.


A pen and ink drawing, made in the late 20th century is of wooden warehouses on Malacca’s waterfront. Probably it was little different in the time of the East India Company when, during the Napoleonic Wars, the EIC occupied the Dutch settlements, including Malacca, to deny their use to the French.


Despite the large orders for Sumatra struck by Boulton, a shortage of coin in 1787 was met by overstriking an emergency half dollar on copper 3 kepings coins. They were struck it is said for the Governor at Fort Marlborough, to pay his troops or possibly the convict workers.









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De Javasche Bank note issues 1864



De Javasche Bank note issues, January 1864 – April 1895, printed by Joh. Enschede en Zn.

info source:Rob Huisman

In 1863, De Javasche Bank, was the circulation bank of the Netherlands Indies. One would expect it to be a well-established colonial institution, however the opposite is true. Research at the archives of the printer Joh. Enschede en Zonen at the Museum Enschedé in Haarlem, the Netherlands, shows a completely different picture. The board and especially the President of De Javasche Bank were directly involved in detail in all operational matters related to the design and ordering of their banknotes


01/07/1868 – 31/03/1870 J.W.C. Diepenheim
Wiggers van Kerchem was succeeded by Diepenheim by decree of June 30, 1868. Diepenheim who proviously was Secretary for two years, was President for a short period. He resigned shortly after the fifth Exclusive Right was made public. On March 18, 1870, his resignation was accepted. Diepenheim died in The Hague on May 21, 1875 in the age of 75.

01/04/1870 – 31/03/1873 F. Alting Mees (LL.M.)
By decree of March 19, 1870, Alting Mees was appointed to the position of President of the Javasche Bank. Alting Mees, previously lawyer and attorney, already served the bank as director for several years. Due to his appointment to President of the two high courts of the Netherlands Indies, he left the Javasche Bank per March 31, 1873.




 Anyer in 1872 by Abraham Salm



01/04/1873 – 01/09/1889 N.P. van den Berg (LL.M.)                               
Norbertus Petrus van den Berg was chosen as the next President of the Javasche bank from two nominees and was appointed per decree of March 20, 1873. After more than 16 years of service, Van den Berg left the Netherlands Indies in 1889 to become Director of the Nederlandsche Bank and two years later President for a period of 21 years until the age of 81. He passed away in Amsterdam on January 8, 1917.

De Javasche Bank 1864-1895



January 1864 – April 1895, printed by Joh. Enschede en Zn.
Info Sources: Rob Huisman

In 1863, De Javasche Bank, founded in 1828, is a circulation bank in the Netherlands Indies. One would expect to become an established colonial institutions, but the opposite is true. Research in archives John printer. Enschede en Zonen in Haarlem Museum in Enschede, the Netherlands, showed a completely different picture. Council President De Javasche and in particular the Bank is directly involved in operational detail in everything related to design and order their paper money

Section 4, January 1864 – April 1895, printed by Joh. Enschede en Zn.

In 1863,

De Javasche Bank, founded in 1828, is a circulation bank in the Netherlands Indies.
One would expect to become an established colonial institutions, but the opposite is true.
Research in archives John printer. Enschede en Zonen in Haarlem Museum in Enschede,
The Netherlands, showed a completely different picture. Council and in particular President De
Javasche Bank directly involved in operational detail in all matters related to the design and
to order their paper money.

Reading through all the correspondence carefully stored and arranged between Javasche Bank
and printing companies in the homeland, one can feel the atmosphere of modern
entrepreneurial start-up companies. President (CEO) of E. Francis De Javasche Bank (DJB) and
Wiggers van Kerchem successor, wrote a letter to John. Enschede en Zn. (Later called the “Heeren
Enschedee te Haarlem “) on a regular basis to order the new banknotes, commenting on the quality and implementation
command, complained about delays in delivery, and often underscores the urgent need for new supplies to
those remote regions.

Most striking is that they often mention that the cost is to limit the maximum
important. The letters are written with beautiful calligraphy and using ways of polite and politically correct
complaining, urging, comment and criticize. Words such as “worry”, “disappointed”, “propose” and
“Like” is used regularly and frequently suggestions and proposals submitted by completing the statement
such as:

“But we rely on your expertise in this regard and believe you will make the right decision”.
E. Francis (he signed his letters with M. Francis), third President of Javasche Bank, started as a
employees in 1815 and worked his way in the service of civil government to finally be over
available to the Commissioner General of the servant. From 1848 to 1850 Francis is the Superintendent of Financial
and in 1851 he was honorably discharged from government service. Furthermore, Francis was appointed
Javasche to the President of the Bank under the decision dated March 4, 1851. In the early sixties of the 19th century,
De Javasche Bank started to prepare a complete new emission of paper money the Dutch East Indies. In
cooperation with the Nederlandsche Bank, De Javasche Bank is pointing towards the Netherlands
printer “De Heeren Enschedee” (now known as John. Enschede en Zn. (Enschede Security)) to have
The new banknotes are designed and manufactured. Francis was personally involved in the process and
communicate with the printer on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Francis did not stay in the office to see
the results of his efforts. At the request of Francis himself honorably discharged per July 1, 1863
The decision by 20 April 1863. In 1864 Francis published the book “De-beginselen regerings van
Nederlandsch Indie: getoetst aan de behoefte van moederland en kolonie “, expressed his
dissatisfaction with the implementation of a new economic system in the Netherlands Indies and
proposed inquiry by an independent committee. In 1869 Francis issued a request to
Dutch Parliament about his famous right to payment of pensions to retired civil servants
Government of the Netherlands Indies. This response proposal and the request is not found, leading to
believe that Francis ignored by the establishment and must fight for that trust and pension
pay the old days.
In a letter from Francis dated January 31, 1863, with the management of the Nederlandsche Bank, which
evidence has confirmed receipt of the record and the evidence has been approved. In the same letter Francis
raised some comments that he wanted to address:
– Size note: DJB prefer to be the difference in size between the records of 100 and 50
guilders. This means that the records of 1000, 500, 300, 200 and 100 will be great, and notes
of 50, 25 and 10 will be small size. DJB stated that if the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) think
the divide should be between 25 and 10 guilders, DJB will also agree.
– Character value in the corner records should be larger.
– Lions at 10 guilders note has an expression, surprised almost frightened. DJB would like
lion to have a more relaxed expression symbolizes strength.

– DJB would prefer that the signature is placed under the words “Secretary” and “President” and demand
words to be printed under the date as high as possible.
– DJB prefer that the date is printed on a printer that was not applied in (Joh. Enschede en Zn.)
DJB after arrival. In the case of a printer to print the date, Francis suggests choosing a date is not be
Christian holiday or Sunday and about 6 months after the date of expected departure from the
paper money.
– DJB stated that they calculated six months for the duration of the trip and apply numbers and
signatures for the amount of paper money needed for the exchange of banknotes in circulation today.
In early 1870 the delivery of DJB’s request to be sent through the Suez Canal opened, reducing the
travel time by more than 50%.

De Javasche fourth President of the Bank,

C.F.W. Wiggers van Kerchem, took office on July 1
1863 and continue the process of ordering new issues of paper money.
During the period January 1864 – April 1895, serial number and signature on the front and
cons in the opposite sign printed locally by the Bank in the Netherlands Indies Javasche on
complete records are sent from the printers in the Netherlands. The Bank also Javasche
ordering equipment numbering stamps and signatures of the printer and some blank signature stamps
in the case of signatories will change, allowing them to carve out a new signature stamps
own local. Together with the first order of 1864 new banknotes, the Bank Javasche
ordered the mechanic to accompany numbering machine and take care of the machine becomes
production. Willem Hooij contracted by Joh. Enschede en Zonen for traveling to Batavia in
Dutch East Indies and install the machine. In a letter from Hooij to John. Enschede en Zonen date
August 12, 1864, he wrote about President patient from Javasche Bank makes
difficulties because Hooij not get the machine installed in one day. Wiggers van Kerchem
invite a local printer to meet and together they underestimate Hooij.
161a – from private collections, with the Contra Mark printed in the lower right corner opposite.
All banknotes issued by the De Javasche Bank in the Dutch East Indies during the period 1864 to 1931
and printed by Johan Enschede en Zonen, bringing counter-sign, printed in the lower right corner or
lower center of the opposite. A code that is printed in black on the cap ellipse with a triangular shape
pointing outwards and have up to 5 numbers. Countries lower denomination notes issued during this
period does not have this mark.

Collectors who are familiar with the Dutch East Indies paper money from
This period may be aware that there is a relationship between the date of issuance and cons
the sign. Although it looks like a date then the higher the score, in reality this is not always
the case.
In order to determine the proper application of the mark cons, I gather more information about
than 150 records starting from 1864 to 1931. When setting up and organizing all relevant information
such as date, serial number and the cons, I observed the following:
– One of the unique sign of a counter is always connected to only one specific date of issue
– One of the specified date there are problems with different security code, but the security code that is close
– When a record is more of the same problem occurs with the same date and security code, the record has
combinations of the same character in the serial number
– When the date occurs with more than one mark each sign cons cons unique place with different
combinations of characters in the serial number of a specific problem or a sign of a counter connected to the
other denominations issued
– Many have missed the date, there are many days or weeks gap between one and the subsequent counter-sign
– Note the different denominations issued on the same date with different sign cons
– It seems that a range of sequence numbers is used to sign a counter that includes all the notes issued
from the entire period
– There are some exceptions in which the later date has a number of counter low marks
– No combination of different character serial number of a particular denomination with
same counter-sign.
– Changes from 4 to 5 digits occur in the course of 1918
– Note EXAMPLE frequently have signs that are not suitable to deviate counter the usual sequential increase
counter-sign and date.
Clearly, the Bank managed the Netherlands will keep detailed records of the security code and
dates and serial numbers of all paper money issued. It is unknown whether this note De Javasche
Banks still exist in archives somewhere today, although there are rumors that this record is still
present in the archives of Bank Indonesia in Jakarta.
Based on the “Note by PJ Soetens, former conservator DNB (De Nederlandsche Bank), the archive
Geldmuseum, Utrecht, The Netherlands “, I conclude that the Bank used the sign of De Javasche cons
number to identify a separate batch of unfinished bills are transported between
various departments, where they were printed with the serial number and signature, and finally
stored in a vault teller before circulation
Archives of Enschede Museum contains many original orders, production records,
delivery of information and also letters from Batavia where Javasche Bank confirms receipt
shipments. The author makes an overview of all this data and be able to specify the exact amount of
issued notes for each date of issuance. The number of issued notes mentioned in the summary below
should be regarded as a minimum. There is strong evidence that these figures actually incurred.
Although it is possible that more records were published, the opportunity – while there is no distinct
detailed records mention them – very small.
Here is an overview of the different banknotes and their varieties are printed in Johan
Enschede en Zonen in Haarlem, the Netherlands which will be issued by the De Javasche Bank in Batavia,
Dutch East Indies. Although there are rumors about another date of issue and signature combinations,
Overview below lists only those banknotes and varieties that writers have sufficient evidence that
they actually exist.
Java Auction Catalog (7), Cookies (15) and Mevius (16) mentions Van Duyn as a signatory, but
no one by that name is part of the board of DJB during the period. It seems that the signature
of H.P.J. van den Berg (Secretary of 19/10/1893 – 17/01/1899) has been mistaken as it looks like
Van Duyn. H.P.J. van den Berg, brother of the past president of the Bank Javasche NP van den Berg,
appointed as successor to President Groeneveld is on January 17, 1899, but died on February 9, 1899
in Nice, before actually starting his new position.



5 Gulden



1 Oktober 1866
issued : 100,000

10 Gulden



1 Februari 1864
issued : 350.000

25 Gulden


1 Agustus 1864
issued : 120.000


50 Gulden



174 – 1 September 1864
withdrawed l 1872 becaus e too many counterfiet circulated
issued : 40.000

100 Gulden



1 Maret 1864
issued : 60.000

200 Gulden




1 Januari 1864
issued : 16,010
Watermark: “JAV BANK.” and two  “200”  __________________________________________________________________________

300 Gulden



193 – 2 Mei 1864
issued : 6.000

500 Gulden

197 – 1 Juni 1864
197c – koleksi Museum Enschede (BB2140 28/13)

198 – 1 Juni 1872


issued : 2.000

1000 Gulden




1 Juli 1864
issued : 14,998


Sumatra Treaty in 1871

marked a new Babakan in the Dutch Colonial government’s ambition to dominate the region of Sumatra. After the Padri War in West sumatra complation. Tapanuli be the next target. Since the Aceh War, most of the area occupied by the army Tapanuli Colonial Occupation. The Dutch also began to put controller in Balige,Tarutung and Sipoholon


A boom occurred in the international trade activity with Europe and the increase of shipping led to the construction of a new harbor at Tanjung Priok between 1877 and 1883. In 1886, the Tanjung Priok Station connected the harbor with the city of Batavia.[19]










Anyer in 1880 



Gradually, the  Railways Batavia and Buitenzorg line would be connected to Cicurug in 1881,








, the  Railways Batavia and Buitenzorg line would be connected to Sukabumi in 1882,


Following 1882, the horse-tram lines were reconstructed into steamtram lines.[21][dead link] The electric train that commenced operating in 1899 was the first ever electric train in the Kingdom of Netherlands.



Di bawah ini beberapa nama bupati di daerah(the regent Of)  Priangan,yakni:

1. Bupati Sumedang XV (1882-1918), sewaktu kecil dipanggil Aom Sadeli, setelah menjadi bupati dikenal sebagai Pangeran Aria Suriaatmaja, dan setelah wafat dijuluki Pangeran Mekah karena ia wafat di Mekah sewaktu menunaikan obadah haji.

2. Bupati Bandung X (1893-1918), sewaktu muda diberi nama Kusumaningrat, setelah menjadi bupati dikenal sebagai Raden Adipati Aria Martanegara, dan setelah pensiun hingga wafat digelari Kangjeng Burujul karena setelah pensiun ia tinggal di desa Burujul, Sumedang.

3. Bupati Cianjur IX (1834-1862), sewaktu kecil dipanggil Aom Hasan, setelah menjadi bupati dikenal sebagai Dalem Pancaniti karena selama menjadi bupati ia lebih senang tinggal di paviliyun kabupaten yang biasa disebut pancaniti dari pada tinggal dibangunan utama kabupaten.

4. Bupati Limbangan yang memerintah antara tahun 1836-1871, sewaktu kecil dipanggil Aom Jenon, setelah menjadi bupati dikenal dengan nama Tumenggung Jayaningrat, dan setelah naik pangkat menjadi Raden Adipati Wiratanuningrat VII. Setelah pensiun dan wafat dikenal sebagai Dalem Sepuh (Bupati Tua).

5. Bupati Sukapura yang memerintah antara tahun 1855-1975, sewaktu kecil dipanggil Raden Tanuwangsa, setelah menjadi bupati dikenal sebagai Tumenggung Wiratanubaya, setelah naik pangkat menjadi Raden Adipati Wiradadaha. Setelah wafat dikenal sebagai Dalem Bogor karena ia dibuang ke Bogor oleh Pemerintah Hindia Belanda akibat dianggap kurang loyal.

Ada beberapa yang mendapat julukan Dalem Bintang karena mereka mendapat tanda jasa berupa gouden ster Nederlandsche-Leeuw (bintang mas singa Belanda), misalnya RAA. Wiranatakusumah IV  Bupati Bandung (1846-1874), R. Adipati Wirahadiningrat Bupati Sukapura (1874-1904).


In 1883,

the Dutch Indies Telephone Company was established in Batavia.[19]


the  Railways Batavia and Buitenzorg line would be connected  to Cianjur in 1883,



then the  Railways Batavia and Buitenzorg line would be connectedto Bandung in 1884—Batavia had become connected to Bandung. With the opening of the railway section, Tasikmalaya-Maos, on November 1, 1894, Batavia was also connected with Surabaya by railway.[19][20]





The development occurred after the Bandung railway transport operations to and from the city since 1884.

Because the city of Bandung serves as a center of railroad transportation “West Lin”, it has encouraged the development of life in the city of Bandung with the increase in population from year to year.

At the end of the 19th century, the population of the European group number has reached thousands of people and demands an autonomous institution that can take care of their interests. Meanwhile the central government realized the failure of centralized government system following the implementation of its impact. Therefore, the government arrive at a policy to replace the system of government with a system of decentralization, decentralization not only in finance, but also decentralization in the field of government granting autonomy (zelfbestuur)


In this case, the government of Bandung regency under the leadership of Regent RAA Martanagara (1893-1918) welcomed the idea of ​​the colonial government. Ongoing autonomous government in Bandung, means the district gets a special budget fund from the previous colonial government did not exist.




Sultan Siak beserta Dewan Menteri serta Kadi Siak tahun 1888

Kota Pekanbaru adalah ibu kota dan kota terbesar di provinsi Riau, Indonesia. Kota ini merupakan kota perdagangan dan jasa,[2] termasuk sebagai kota dengan tingkat pertumbuhan, migrasi dan urbanisasi yang tinggi.[3]

Pekanbaru mempunyai satu bandar udara internasional, yaitu Bandar Udara Sultan Syarif Kasim II,dan terminal bus terminal antar kota dan antar provinsi Bandar Raya Payung Sekaki, serta dua pelabuhan di Sungai Siak, yaitu Pelita Pantai dan Sungai Duku.

Saat ini Kota Pekanbaru sedang berkembang pesat menjadi kota dagang yang multi-etnik, keberagaman ini telah menjadi modal sosial dalam mencapai kepentingan bersama untuk dimanfaatkan bagi kesejahteraan masyarakatnya.[4]

Perkembangan kota ini pada awalnya tidak terlepas dari fungsi Sungai Siak sebagai sarana transportasi dalam mendistribusikan hasil bumi dari pedalaman dan dataran tinggi Minangkabau ke wilayah pesisir Selat Malaka. Pada abad ke-18, wilayah Senapelan di tepi Sungai Siak, menjadi pasar (pekan) bagi para pedagang dari dataran tinggi Minangkabau.[5] Seiring dengan berjalannya waktu, daerah ini berkembang menjadi tempat pemukiman yang ramai. Pada tanggal 23 Juni 1784, berdasarkan musyawarah “Dewan Menteri” dari Kesultanan Siak, yang terdiri dari datuk empat suku Minangkabau (Pesisir, Limapuluh, Tanah Datar, dan Kampar), kawasan ini dinamai dengan Pekanbaru, dan dikemudian hari diperingati sebagai hari jadi kota ini.[6][7]

Berdasarkan Besluit van Het Inlandsch Zelfbestuur van Siak No.1 tanggal 19 Oktober 1919, Pekanbaru menjadi bagian distrik dari Kesultanan Siak. Namun pada tahun 1931, Pekanbaru dimasukkan ke dalam wilayah Kampar Kiri yang dikepalai oleh seorang controleur yang berkedudukan di Pekanbaru dan berstatus landschap sampai tahun 1940. Kemudian menjadi ibukota Onderafdeling Kampar Kiri sampai tahun 1942.[8] Setelah pendudukan Jepang pada tanggal 8 Maret 1942, Pekanbaru dikepalai oleh seorang gubernur militer yang disebut gokung.

Selepas kemerdekaan Indonesia, berdasarkan Ketetapan Gubernur Sumatera di Medan tanggal 17 Mei 1946 Nomor 103, Pekanbaru dijadikan daerah otonom yang disebut Haminte atau Kotapraja.[7] Kemudian pada tanggal 19 Maret 1956, berdasarkan Undang-undang Nomor 8 Tahun 1956 Republik Indonesia, Pekanbaru (Pakanbaru) menjadi daerah otonom kota kecil dalam lingkungan Provinsi Sumatera Tengah.[9] Selanjutnya sejak tanggal 9 Agustus 1957 berdasarkan Undang-undang Darurat Nomor 19 Tahun 1957 Republik Indonesia, Pekanbaru masuk ke dalam wilayah Provinsi Riau yang baru terbentuk.[10] Kota Pekanbaru resmi menjadi ibu kota Provinsi Riau pada tanggal 20 Januari 1959 berdasarkan Kepmendagri nomor Desember 52/I/44-25[7] sebelumnya yang menjadi ibu kota adalah Tanjungpinang[11] (kini menjadi ibu kota Provinsi Kepulauan Riau).



Sultan Assyaidisyarif Hasyim Abdul Jalil Syaifuddin

Raja Kesultanan Siak Sri Inderapura

Kesultanan ini adalah sebuah Kerajaan Melayu Islam



Istana Siak berdiri megah, sebagai pusat kerajaan


Balai Kerapatan Tinggi, kweajjan Siak Sri Indrapura

” Istana Matahari Timur ” atau disebut juga Asserayah Hasyimiah atau ini dibangun oleh Sultan Syarif Hasyim Abdul Jalil Syaifuddin pada tahun 1889 oleh arsitek berkebangsaan Jerman.

Arsitektur bangunan merupakan gabungan antara arsitektur Melayu, Arab, Eropa.

Bangunan ini terdiri dari dua lantai. Lantai bawah dibagi menjadi enam ruangan sidang: Ruang tunggu para tamu, ruang tamu kehormatan, ruang tamu laki-laki, ruang tamu untuk perempuan, satu ruangan disamping kanan adalah ruang sidang kerajaan, juga digunakan untuk ruang pesta. Lantai atas terbagi menjadi sembilan ruangan, berfungsi untuk istirahat Sultan serta para tamu Istana.


Banguna Istana Siak bersejarah tersebut selesai pada tahun 1893. Pada dinding istana dihiasi dengan keramik khusus didatangkan buatan Prancis.


Beberapa koleksi benda antik Istana, kini disimpan Museum Nasional Jakarta, Istananya sendiri menyimpan duplikat dari koleksi tersebut.

Diantara koleksi benda antik Istana Siak adalah: Keramik dari Cina, Eropa, Kursi-kursi kristal dibuat tahun 1896, Patung perunggu Ratu Wihemina merupakan hadiah Kerajaan Belanda, patung pualam Sultan Syarim Hasim I bermata berlian dibuat pada tahun 1889, perkakas seperti sendok, piring, gelas-cangkir berlambangkan Kerajaan Siak masih terdapat dalam Istana.

Dipuncak bangunan terdapat enam patung burung elang sebagai lambang keberanian Istana. Sekitar istana masih dapat dilihat delapan meriam menyebar ke berbagai sisi-sisi halaman istana, disebelah kiri belakang Istana terdapat bangunan kecil sebagai penjara sementara.

Beberapa bangunan sejarah lainnya tak hanya Istana Siak dapat juga dilihat sekitar bangunan:

Jembatan Siak
Jembatan Istana Siak berada sekitar 100 meter disebelah Tenggara kompleks Istana Siak Sri Indrapura. Jembatan tersebut berangka tahun 1899. Dibawah jembatan istana terdapat sungai (parit), diduga dulu sekaligus sebagai parit pertahanan kompleks istana.



Balai Kerapatan

Balai Kerapatan Tinggi Siak pada masa pemerintahan Sultan Assyaidisyarif Hasyim Abdul Jalil Syaifuddin pada tahun 1889. Bangunan istana menghadap kearah sungai (selatan). Tangga masuk bangunan terbuat dari beton. Balai Kerapatan tinggi Siak dahulu berfungsi sebagai tempat pertemuan (sidang) Sultan dengan Panglima-panglimanya.

Bangunan bertingkat 2, denah persegi 4, berukuran 30, 8 X 30, 2 m dengan tiang utama berupa pilar berbentuk silinder. Lantai bawah bangunan terdiri dari 7 ruang dan lantai atas 3 ruang.

Masjid Syahabuddin
Merupakan masjid Kerajaan Siak, dibangun pada masa pemerintahan Sultan Kasim I. Masjid berdenah 21, 6 X 18, 5 m. Bangunan masjid telah berkali-kali mengalami perbaikan tetapi masih mempertahankan bentuk aslinya.

Makam Sultan Kasim II
Terletak dibelakang masjid Syahabuddin, dimakamkan Sultan Kasim II (Sultan terakhir mangkat pada 23 April 1968. Jirat makam sultan berbentuk 4 undak dari tegel dan marmer berukuran panjang 305 cm. Lebar 153 cm. Dan tinggi 110 m. Nisannya dari kayu berukir motif suluran –suluran. Bentuknya bulat silinder bersudut 8 dengan diameter 26 cm dan kelopak bunga teratai.


Kabupaten Siak, memiliki beberapa bangunan megah bersejarah, sekarang difungsikan sebagai perkantoran, rumah tinggal, penginapan, toko oleh penduduk Siak. Salah satunya adalah peninggalan termasyur dengan bagunan bercirikan arsitektur gabungan antara Melayu, Arab, plus Eropa, yaitu Istana Siak Sri Indrapura.

Sepanjang perkembangan sejarah bangsa Indonesia, telah banyak meninggalkan sisa-sisa kehidupan pemberi corak khas pada kebudayaan bangsa di Siak, salah satunya adalah Istana Siak Sri Indrapura menjadi salah obyek wisata Riau.

Untuk dapat melihat Bangunan b rijn to that position by decree of August 21, 1889. Zeverijn was forced because of illness to leave for Europe on March 1, 1893 where he died on December 13, 1893.angunan Melayu zaman/tempo dulu dijuluki juga sebagai ‘Istana Matahari Timur’, jarak tempuh dari sebelah timur Pekanbaru mencapai empat jam perjalanan melalui sungai hingga menuju Kabupaten Siak Sri Indrapura.









04/12/1889 – 19/09/1893 S.B. Zeverijn
Altough the board recommended Buijskes to become the next President, the Governor General appointed S. B .Zeve




The second reform happen again when a Mujahid returned from Mecca. Haji Ismail Tuanku Simabur later, bringing the teachings Naksabandi. The traditional clergy clerics forbid adherents Syattari
Naksabandi be priests, even teaching at the existing mosque. Followers lord Simabur create a new mosque. Cleric Syattari kemampanannya annoyed.
The prince felt violated customary law. Because according to custom rules, there may only be one of the mosques in villages. Burning of mosques and a war ensued between the followers of the bersiteru stone.
Dutch government to intervene. Followers Naqsabandi mosque established himself justified. Customary provisions that set one of the villages may only have one mosque is no longer valid. Life in the villages is no longer entirely in the hands of the prince. Dutch government appoint someone to head villages with names Penghulu Head office. He was not elected at a meeting of the princes in the hall and also of one of the prince.
Religious affairs since from various wedding ceremonies come to a matter for scholars. Then the prince of the power stayed on socio-cultural issues. In the meantime, cities are built.
Economic resources in society anymore only communal agricultural sector under the authority of the prince, but also the service sector and individual trade. The schools were built to meet the needs of the labor office.
Since then, the three-pronged orientation. A few years later in the course of time, the prince began to feel lost much of its role.
Because rivaled by scholars and then by school groups, the prince of building new institutions in their respective villages, consisting of ninik mamak, scholars and intellectuals. This institution is called ‘Furnace tigo
sajarangan ‘. However, no clear division of labor.
Changes to be decided by the scholars of religious law. Changes in government regulations nagari decided by the government. So the prince task so as shadow government power

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terjadi lagi reformasi kedua ketika seorang mujahid pulang dari Mekkah. Yaitu Haji Ismail yang kemudian bergelar Tuanku Simabur, membawa ajaran Naksabandi. Ulama tradisional penganut Syattari melarang ulama
Naksabandi jadi imam, bahkan mengajar di mesjid yang ada. Pengikut Tuanku Simabur membuat mesjid baru. Ulama Syattari merasa terganggu kemampanannya.

Para penghulu merasa hukum adat terlanggar. Karena menurut aturan adat, hanya boleh ada satu mesjid dalam satu nagari. Terjadilah pembakaran mesjid dan perang batu antara pengikut yang bersiteru.

Pemerintah Belanda turun tangan. Pengikut Naqsabandi dibenarkan mendirikan mesjid sendiri. Ketentuan adat yang menetapkan satu satu nagari hanya boleh punya satu mesjid tidak berlaku lagi. Kehidupan dalam nagari tidak lagi sepenuhnya berada di tangan penghulu. Pemerintahan Belanda mengangkat seseorang menjadi pimpinan nagari dengan nama jabatan Penghulu Kepala. Dia itu bukan dipilih dalam rapat para penghulu di balairung dan tidak pula dari salah seorang penghulu.

Urusan keagamaan sejak dari berbagai upacara ritual sampai pada pernikahan menjadi urusan ulama. Maka kekuasaan penghulu tinggal pada masalah sosial-budaya. Dalam pada itu kota-kota dibangun.

Sumber ekonomi masyarakat lagi hanya pada sektor agraris komunal di bawah kuasa penghulu, melainkan juga sektor jasa dan dagang yang individual. Sekolah-sekolah pun dibangun untuk memenuhi keperluan tenaga kerja kantoran.
Semenjak itu orientasi masyarakat bercabang tiga. Beberapa tahun kemudian dalam perjalanan waktu, para penghulu yang mulai merasa kehilangan banyak perannya.

Karena disaingi oleh ulama dan kemudian oleh golongan sekolahan, para penghulu membangun institusi baru pada masing-masing nagari, yang terdiri dari ninik mamak, alim ulama dan cerdik pandai. Institusi ini dinamakan ‘Tungku tigo
sajarangan’. Namun pembagian kerja tidak jelas.

Perubahan terhadap hukum agama diputuskan oleh ulama. Perubahan aturan pemerintahan nagari diputuskan oleh pemerintah. Sehingga tugas penghulu seolah jadi bayang-bayang kekuasaan pemerintah.


Sultan bagagaryah Official stamped





Lahir : Lampung, 1834
Wafat : Lampung, 5 Oktober 1858


SEJAK Radin Inten II dinobatkan sebagai raja di Negara Ratu (Lampung) ia selalu menentang pemerintahan Belanda yang waktu itu telah menguasai sebagian lampung.

Tahun 1851, Belanda melakukan serangan ke Negara Ratu, tetapi dapat digagalkan.

Kemudian Belanda dan Radin Inten membuat perjanjian damai yang isinya antara lain Belanda mengakui kedaulatan Negara Ratu, sedangkan Radin Inten mengakui pula daerah-daerah kekuasaan Belanda. Ternyata upaya ini hanya merupakan taktik Belanda belaka untuk menyusun kekuatan.




By the end of 1853, the first exhibition of agricultural products and native arts and crafts was held in Batavia.(wiki)



Johan Willem Binkes (Bolsward, 13 mei 1828Den Haag, 29 maart 1891)

was een Nederlands vice-admiraal, commandant der Zeemacht in Oost-Indië en ridder en officier in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Binkes werd opgeleid aan het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine te Medemblik. Hij werd in oktober 1847 geplaatst aan boord van Z.M. fregat Prins van Oranje, dat een kruistocht naar het noordelijk deel van de Atlantische Oceaan maakte en twee reizen naar West-Indië, waarna Binkes, inmiddels bevorderd tot luitenant ter zee 2e klasse in oktober 1852 met Z.M. schoenerbrik Lancier naar Oost-Indië vertrok. Gedurende de daarop volgende expeditie tegen Timor en tijdens de kruistochten tegen zeerovers bij de eilanden ten oosten van Java onderscheidde Binkes zich op zodanige wijze dat hij eervol vermeld werd



Hendrik Brinkgreve (Deventer, 1827Zaltbommel, 20 januari 1870)

was een Nederlands kapitein der infanterie van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Brinkgreve werd op 30 april 1852 vanuit de rang van sergeant-majoor bij het regiment grenadiers en jagers benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij de infanterie van het leger in Oost-Indië. Hij vertrok op 28 augustus 1852 met een detachement suppletietroepen, onder begeleiding van eerste luitenant G. Fretzen, en met als medebegeleiders de tweede luitenants der infanterie Brinkgreve, Meijer en tweede luitenant der artillerie A. Heijligers, met het fregatschip Delft naar Indië.



Charles Pierre Schimpf (Sint-Omaars, 13 februari 1813‘s-Gravenhage, 31 december 1886) was een Nederlands generaal, van 1855 tot 1859 gouverneur van Suriname en van 1862 tot 1865 commandant van het Nederlands Indisch leger. Schimpf begon zijn loopbaan in 1827 als soldaat bij de infanterie van het Nederlandse leger en werd in 1830 bevorderd tot tweede luitenant. In 1831 wist hij als krijgsgevangene te ontvluchten uit Bergen in Henegouwen en werd vervolgens bij de 14de afdeling infanterie geplaatst. In 1836 naar Nederlands-Indië vertrokken, werd hij in 1837 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant, in 1840 tot kapitein, in 1845 toegevoegd aan de Balische expeditie, om daarbij dienst te verrichten als chef van de staf, in 1848 tot majoor, in 1850 tot sous-chef van den Generale Staf, in 1851 tot luitenant-kolonel, in 1853 tot Kolonel-chef van den Generale Staf.




Hendrik Willem van Oijen (naam wordt ook wel gespeld als Van Oyen) (1819Den Haag, 10 april 1866) was een Nederlands majoor der infanterie van het Indische leger en officier in de Militaire Willems-Orde, bezitter van de Eresabel. Van Oijen werd op 15 mei 1845 vanuit de rang van sergeant-majoor bij het dertiende bataljon benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het tweede bataljon. Hij verkreeg in december 1849 een tweejarig verlof naar Nederland; Van Oijen werd op 18 juni 1851 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant en vertrok in mei 1852 per Elisabeth naar Europa, waar hij bij Koninklijk Besluit van 15 december 1852 nummer 42 werd benoemd tot ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde voor zijn verrichtingen tijdens de expedities naar de Palembangse Bovenlanden in 1851. Hij keerde begin 1854 in Indië terug, werd weer geplaatst bij de infanterie (april van dat jaar) en op 5 maart 1855 bevorderd tot kapitein.



Johannes Cornelis Hamakers (Middelburg, 2 mei 1826Enkhuizen, 24 mei 1882) was een Nederlands kapitein der infanterie van het Nederlands-Indische leger, burgemeester van Venhuizen en Hem, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse. Hamakers werd op 20 december 1850 vanuit de rang van sergeant-majoor benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het eerste bataljon. Op 2 augustus 1853 werd hij overgeplaatst van het garnizoensbataljon in de eerste militaire afdeling bij het achtste bataljon, en op 5 maart 1855 volgde zijn bevordering tot eerste luitenant.




Leon Hendrik Mattheus Genet (Nijmegen, 19 mei 1840Den Haag, 7 februari 1902) was een Nederlandse kolonel der infanterie van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Genet werd op 25 december 1862 vanuit de rang van sergeant bij het regiment grenadiers en jagers benoemd tot tweede luitenant. Hij ging in 1863 over tot het Indische leger en werd op 9 oktober 1864, na aankomst in Indië, geplaatst bij het veertiende bataljon. Genet werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 13 september 1867 nummer 94 eervol vermeld voor zijn verrichtingen tijdens de gevechten op het eiland Ceram in de maanden oktober en november 1865 en januari en februari 1866.


Tahun 1856, Belanda kembali melancarkan serangan secara besar-besaran ke Negara Ratu dan Berhasil menguasai beberapa Benteng pertahanan Radin Inten.

Namun Radin Inten tidak berhasil ditangkap oleh Belanda. Secara licik kemudian Belanda berhasil mengajak kerjasama Radin Ngerapat untuk menjebak Radin Inten II.





Abraham Faure Beeckman (Voorst, 20 maart 1831Nijmegen, 7 januari 1908) was een Nederlands luitenant-kolonel der infanterie van het Nederlands-Indische leger, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse, bezitter van de eresabel. Beeckman, zoon van predikant Abraham Faure Beeckman, trad op 24 oktober 1846, op 15-jarige leeftijd, te Harderwijk in dienst, werd in 1851 benoemd tot tweede luitenant en op 2 maart 1857 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant bij de garnizoenscompagnie in de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling, waar hij de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo meemaakte. Pengaron door 45 infanteristen onder eerste luitenant Beeckman bezet, was door de vijand ingesloten; Marabahan, waar eerste luitenant Bangert het bevel voerde als commandant, werd bedreigd, Kalangan was uitgemoord (28 april); een zestal Europese mijnbeambten te Goening Djabok, en ook te Tabanio de posthouder (Mauritz) afgemaakt.




Adriaan Jan Jacob Leonard Prinsen (1831Beek, 2 juli 1880) was een Nederlandse kapitein van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Prinsen werd bij besluit van 14 maart 1854 als cadet benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het achtste regiment, werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 30 september 1857 nummer 97 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant, gedetacheerd bij het Indische leger en vertrok op 31 december 1857 aan boord van het fregatschip Graaf van Heiden Reinestein met een detachement suppletietroepen van 133 militairen naar Oost-Indië.





Aegidius Luymes (Harderwijk, 27 september 1834Den Haag, 25 november 1918) was een Nederlands generaal-majoor der infanterie van het Indische leger en onder meer ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Luymes meldde zich aan bij het instructiebataljon in Kampen en vertrok op 19-jarige leeftijd in de rang van sergeant naar Nederlands-Indië, waar hij 2 jaar later (april 1855) werd bevorderd tot tweede luitenant bij het zevende bataljon en overgeplaatst bij het eerste. Hij nam deel aan verschillende krijgsverrichtingen, onder meer aan de expeditie naar Timor in 1857. Hij kwam daar aan per Barend Willem met een detachement van 29 Europeanen, als medecommandant van de tweede compagnie van het tiende bataljon; andere commandanten waren de tweede luitenants Haus en Mekern. Een detachement Afrikanen van het zevende bataljon infanterie stond onder bevel van luitenant Munters en verder namen 31 artilleristen deel onder tweede luitenant Coblijn.



Pada 25 September 1858,

Belanda melakukan serangan ke Jambi.

Meskipun berhasil menenggelamkan kapal-kapal Belanda, tetapi Sultan Thaha tidak mampu mempertahankan istananya dan menyingkir ke pedalaman.

Sejak itu, Sultan melakukan perlawanan secara gerilya dan membeli senjata dari pedagang-pedagang Inggris

Tanggal 5 Oktober 1858

, Radin Ngerapat berpura-pura mengajak Radin Inten II ke suatu tempat.

Tanpa diketahui Radin Inten, tempat tersebut ternyata sudah dikepung pasukan Belanda yang telah bersiap untuk melakukan penyergapan.


Radin Inten tetap memberikan perlawanan, namun karena pertempuran tidak seimbang hingga akhirnya ia harus tewas saat itu juga.

Gugurnya Radin Inten II adalah akhir dari perjuangan rakyat Negara Ratu atau Lampung dalam memerangi Belanda.




Karel Willem Hendrik de Coenens (Maastricht, 23 september 1832Semarang, augustus 1878) was een Nederlands luitenant-kolonel en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. De Coenens volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd op 20 juli 1852 benoemd tot tweede luitenant, bestemd voor het Indische leger. Hij vertrok op 6 november van dat jaar met een detachement suppletietroepen van 150 onderofficieren en manschappen aan boord van het barkschip Nijverheid om naar Java te worden overgevoerd. Aldaar werd hij in oktober 1855 tijdelijk bij het korps sappeurs gedetacheerd en op 1 september 1856 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant bij het zevende bataljon te Meester Cornelis. De Coenens werd in maart 1858 overgeplaatst bij het dertiende bataljon en nam hiermee deel aan de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo.



Jonkheer Jan Marie Clifford Kocq van Breugel (26 november 1833Semarang, 10 augustus 1886) was een Nederlands luitenant ter zee eerste klasse, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Clifford Kocq van Breugel werd per 1 september 1854 benoemd tot adelborst eerste klasse aan de Koninklijke Academie voor de Zee- en Landmacht. In deze rang deed hij een West-Indische reis met Zr. Ms. fregat Prins Alexander der Nederlanden in 1856. Hij werd op 7 december van datzelfde jaar bevorderd tot luitenant ter zee 2de klasse en was in april 1859 commandant van Zr. Ms. kanonneerboot nummer 14, dienstdoende wachtschip te Semarang; hij nam in juni 1859 deel aan de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo.




Geert Kromkamp (Smilde, 18 september 1834Amsterdam, 11 januari 1895) was een Nederlands sergeant, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Kromkamp vertrok op 25 april 1859 in de rang van korporaal bij het Indische leger op expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo; deze expeditie was uitgezonden om een onderzoek in te stellen naar directeur van Weinmalen van de steenkolenmijn te Kalangan, boven Martapoera, die daar met een aantal Europeanen (52 man) was vermoord. Bij een verkenning van de vijandelijke versterking bij Soengi Alang, die geschiedde door eerste luitenant van Schendel en Kromkamp, die zich daarvoor hadden aangeboden, redde Kromkamp op die dag twee keer het leven van de luitenant.




Charles Jean Riesz (Delft, 19 november 1822Semarang, 3 januari 1873) was een Nederlands luitenant-kolonel der infanterie van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Riesz volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd op 15 juli 1843 benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het vijfde regiment infanterie. Hij vertrok in november 1848 met de Hendrika en een detachement van 200 onderofficieren en manschappen naar Indië en werd op 20 december 1850 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant bij het eerste bataljon. Hij werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 21 oktober 1854 nummer 103 eervol vermeld voor zijn verrichtingen tijdens de expeditie naar de westerafdeling van Borneo van maart tot juli 1853. Riesz werd op 5 maart 1855 bevorderd tot kapitein en verkreeg in december van dat jaar een verlof van twee jaar naar Nederland wegens ziekte, waarheen hij vertrok per Koning Willem II; in juni 1857 keerde hij per Europa terug naar Indië en werd het jaar daarop geplaatst bij het dertiende bataljon infanterie, waarmee hij deelnam aan de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo in 1859.




Charles Louis Saint Aubin Martin (Charles) de Roy van Zuydewijn (Breda, 8 december 1825 – Aan boord van de SS Holland, 22 augustus 1876) was een Nederlandse generaal, ridder en officier in de Militaire Willems-Orde. De Roy van Zuijdewijn volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd in augustus 1845 benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het zevende regiment infanterie. Hij nam, in de rang van kapitein en chef van de staf, eerst onder kolonel Andresen en later onder luitenant-kolonel Verspyck, deel aan de expeditie naar Banjermasin, Borneo, in 1859



Johan Philip Ermeling (Zelhem, 21 januari 1831Buitenzorg, 5 januari 1921) was een Nederlands generaal-majoor der genie van het Indische leger en onder meer ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Ermeling volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd op 19 juli 1850 benoemd tot tweede luitenant der genie bij het Indische leger; hij vertrok in november van dat jaar naar Indië, waar hij op 11 maart 1851 te Batavia voet aan wal zette. Als jong officier bouwde hij het noordelijke gedeelte van het militaire kampement te Meester Cornelis en de Beronlaan. Na met nog enige andere belangrijke bouwwerken belast geweest te zijn nam hij in 1859 deel aan de eerste expeditie naar Boni; hier zag hij bij het debarkement onder het vijandelijke vuur over welke ondoelmatige vlotten de artillerie beschikte. Hij ontwierp later de bekend geworden drijvervlotten, die bij de tweede expeditie naar Atjeh en later goede diensten bewezen. Kort voor het einde van eerst genoemde expeditie werd hij wegens ziekte geëvacueerd.




Victor Lodewijk Reuter

(Bandung, 21 augustus 1834Den Haag, 9 oktober 1907)

was een Nederlands luitenant-kolonel der infanterie van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Reuter werd op 8 augustus 1853 in Indië vanuit de rang van fourier benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het veertiende bataljon en in december 1854 overgeplaatst bij het garnizoensbataljon in de derde militaire afdeling. Hij werd op 17 februari 1858 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant bij het garnizoensbataljon in de westerafdeling van Borneo en in december van dat jaar geplaatst bij het negende bataljon.

Hij nam vanaf het begin in 1859 deel aan de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo.





Otto Heinrich Julius Muller von Czernicki (Ngawi (Java), 28 oktober 1834Wageningen, 16 april 1907) was een Nederlands luitenant-kolonel van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Muller von Czernicki trad op nog geen 16-jarige leeftijd als volontair in dienst bij het zesde bataljon infanterie; hij doorliep achtereenvolgens de rangen van korporaal, fourier en sergeant-majoor en werd in oktober 1854 benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het elfde bataljon. In deze rang nam hij deel aan de expeditie naar de Lampongse districten in 1856 en werd op 4 september 1858 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant. Hij werd op 17 oktober 1860 overgeplaatst bij het dertiende bataljon van het garnizoensbataljon in de Lampongse districten.



In 1860, the Willem III school was opened.




Willem George August Lochmann van Bennekom (Doorn, 18 juni 1828 – St. Gilles (Brussel), 3 maart 1901) was een Nederlands kolonel der infanterie van het Nederlands-Indische leger, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse. Van Bennekom werd op 28 augustus 1854 in de rang van tweede luitenant benoemd tot adjudant bij het garnizoensbataljon aan Sumatra’s Westkust; uit deze functie werd hij op 3 april 1857 weer ontslagen en overgeplaatst bij het zestiende bataljon. Hij werd op 14 juni 1858 in de rang van eerste luitenant overgeplaatst bij het garnizoensbataljon aan Sumatra’s Westkust en Onderhorigheden, teruggeplaatst bij het zestiende op 28 april 1860 en bevorderd tot kapitein op 14 april 1860, overgeplaatst bij het zesde bataljon op 18 september 1861 (en trouwde dat jaar met de dochter van kolonel Andresen). Van Bennekom nam in 1862 deel aan de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo.




Willem Adriaan Coblijn (1836Voorburg, 5 december 1904) was een Nederlands kolonel der infanterie van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Coblijn meldde zich aan bij het Instructiebataljon te Kampen en werd op 20 december 1858 vanuit de rang van sergeant bij het tweede regiment benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het zevende. Hij vertrok in juni 1860 met de Amsterdam naar Indië als medebegeleider van een detachement suppletietroepen van 125 man, alwaar hij bij het vijftiende bataljon werd geplaatst. Het jaar daarop werd hij overgeplaatst bij het garnizoensbataljon van Sumatra’s Westkust en Onderhorigheden en in november 1861 benoemd tot eerste luitenant bij het vijftiende bataljon.




Martinus Johannes Cornelis Lucardie (Den Helder, 9 juni 1841Den Haag, 12 april 1912) was een Nederlands schout-bij-nacht der Marine en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Lucardie volgde de maritieme opleiding te Medemblik aan het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine en werd in 1861 als adelborst eerste klasse geplaatst op Zr. Ms. fregat met stoomvermogen Zeeland, dat op 23 juni 1861 naar West-Indië voer. De bodem stevende eerst naar de Mesapeate-baai, van waar via Washington naar Curaçao werd gevaren en aldaar verenigde het schip zich met het eskader, bestaande uit de Zeeland, Djambi en Vesuvius. In 1862 voer hij op de het stoomschip Djambi naar Curaçao en terug en werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 6 oktober 1862 nummer 55 met ingang van 11 oktober van dat jaar bevorderd tot luitenant-ter-zee tweede klasse



Cornelis Johannes Marinkelle (Den Helder, 26 april 1839Onrust, 2 mei 1885) was een Nederlands kapitein luitenant-ter-zee, onder meer ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Marinkelle werd als adelborst geplaatst op het Marine-Instituut te Medemblik en werd op 1 september 1859 benoemd tot luitenant-ter-zee tweede klasse. Hij nam vervolgens deel aan de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo en werd daarna op diverse schepen als commandant geplaatst, onder meer op Zr. Ms. stoomschip Bali (1863) en Zr. Ms. korvet Prins Maurits der Nederlanden (1864).







Antonius Wilhelmus Hubertus Perelaer (Maastricht, 25 november 1837Soerakarta, 8 november 1893) was een Nederlands kolonel der infanterie van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Perelaer, broer van Michael Théophile Hubert, werd op 18 oktober 1860 vanuit de rang van sergeant benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het tiende bataljon. Hij werd op 16 juli 1863 overgeplaatst van het tiende bij het negende bataljon en op 17 juli 1864 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant; in datzelfde jaar werd hij van het garnizoensbataljon van de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo overgeplaatst bij het tweede bataljon.



Dirk Matak Fontein (Ede, 1840Den Haag, 17 maart 1912) was een Nederlands dirigerend officier van gezondheid eerste klasse bij de Koninklijke Nederlandse Marine en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Matak Fontein begon zijn loopbaan als kwekeling op de Rijksschool voor Militaire Geneeskundigen te Utrecht en werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 11 juli 1861 (met ingang van 1 augustus) benoemd tot officier van gezondheid derde klasse en direct daarop (11 augustus van dat jaar) geplaatst op Zr. Ms. wachtschip De Rijn. Hij nam op 5 oktober 1861 deel aan de kruistochten van de Prins Maurits der Nederlanden; op 15 mei 1866 onderman hij (als passagier) een reis naar Singapore op het Franse stoomschip Capitole.



Ompu Sohahuaoan died in Bakara and built his tomb by King Parlopuk with Si Onom Ompu in Lumban King.


This is the first tomb in the Bakara because Sisingamangaraja I to IX are not known to have died where.


The King Left Singamangaraja XI died, Patuan Bosar being migrated to the Acehnese.The tomb was demolished by King Si Singamangaraja XII because Bakara attacked the Netherlands. King Si Singamangaraja bones XI brought join fight to the forest, because they do not want the skull of her parents were taken by the Dutch. During the struggle of these bones on Leave in huta Promise Dolok Sanggul then moved again to the Huta Paung.


After the time of independence, again on the move at home Soposurung.Approximately 105 years later, the tomb was rebuilt by the family of King Sisingamangaraja and in 1975 the bones of King Sisingamangaraja istrerinya XI and returned to the tomb originally buried in Bakara. King Parlopuk continue to implement Singamangaraja government until the year 1871, ie after dinobatkannya Patuan Bosar as King Sisingamangaraja XII.King Si Singamangaraja XII: Patuan Bosar Ompu title Pulo BatuAlthough the king had died The Singamangaraja XI, Si Onom Ompu not feel something is missing in the government, because the King Parlopuk works pretty well. But when the dry season comes and brings suffering, start the Onom Ompu margondang think to the event. King Parlopukpun they invite to their gondangi martonggo begged him to rain. But the rain did not fall down too.Initially Ompu Pulo Batu gondangi because they would not feel that his brother had been substitute father as king. Finally Ompu Pulo Batu willing to see the pain suffered by society Si Onom Ompu. After the ceremony as it is commonly done, Ompu Pulobatu successfully bring rain. Pulo Ompu Batupun crowned king of The Singamangaraja XII in 1871.1848

Pulo Ompu Stone was born in 1848 from his mother Boru Situmorang. At the time of youth, Ompu Pulo Batu traveled to Aceh, there mingle with merchants from Persia and learn many things. Therefore, when the war against the Dutch, King Si Singamangaraja XII aided by fighters from Aceh, and the stamp / stempelnya use of Arabic and Batak.In 1877

King Si Singamangaraja XII declared war on the Netherlands. Then he runs the war against the Netherlands for 3 decades.






Christiaan Antoon Jeekel (Den Haag, 20 mei 1839Leerdam, 7 februari 1885) was een Nederlands zeeofficier, burgemeester, dijkgraaf en oprichter van Jeekel Mijnssen & Co., de voorganger van NV de Glasfabriek Leerdam. Jeekel volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie, werd later benoemd tot luitenant ter zee eerste klasse en nam deel aan de expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo in 1859. Hij verkreeg voor zijn verrichtingen aldaar (de landmacht stond onder leiding van majoor Verspyck) de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse (Koninklijk Besluit van 18 februari 1861). Na nog enige omzwervingen, onder meer naar de westkust van Guinea in 1867 en 1868, gedurende welke tijd hij publicaties het licht deed zien over het Suezkanaal, onze bezittingen op de kust van Guinea en over marine zoölogie vestigde Jeekel zich te Leerdam.


Lahir : Bakkara, Tapanuli, 1849
Wafat : Simsim, 17 Juni 1907


NAMA aslinya adalah Patuan Besar Ompu Pulo Batu.

Nama Sisingamangaraja XII baru dipakai pada tahun 1867, setelah ia diangkat menjadi raja menggantikan ayahnya yang mangkat. Sang ayah meninggal akibat serangan penyakit kolera.




1865 1903

Sultan Alam Bidar IV


The kotogadang man in 1865


Tahun 1865 Belanda dirikan sekolah sejenis HIS (Hollandsch Inlandsche School) di Inderapura dengan tujuan melumpuhkan Islam (de-Islamisasi), rakyat tahu niat jahat itu, lalu ditutup.

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Pada tahun 1863, berdiri organisasi Hook Tek Tong (HTT), yang merupakan perhimpunan kematian dan pemakaman, sekaligus sebagai sarana menghormati leluhur kakek tua Hook Tek Tjeng Sin(lisasuroso)






Minangkabau of Sumatra in ceremonial costume. These richly brocaded garments are heirlooms.









Berani Menerjang Peluru

Spoiler for tentang dia

Pameo yang mengatakan wanita sebagai insan lemah dan harus selalu dilindungi tidak selamanya benar. Itu dibuktikan oleh Cut Nyak Meutia, wanita asal Nangroe Aceh Darussalam, yang terus berjuang melawan Belanda hingga tewas diterjang tiga peluru di tubuhnya.

Wanita kelahiran Perlak, Aceh, tahun 1870, ini adalah seorang Pahlawan Kemerdekaan Nasional yang hingga titik darah penghabisan tetap memegang prinsip tak akan mau tunduk kepada kolonial.

Sebelum Cut Nyak Meutia lahir, pasukan Belanda sudah menduduki daerah Aceh yang digelari serambi Mekkah tersebut. Perlakuan Belanda yang semena-mena dengan berbagai pemaksaan dan penyiksaan akhirnya menimbulkan perlawanan dari rakyat. Tiga tahun sebelum perang Aceh-Belanda meletus, ketika itulah Cut Nyak Meutia dilahirkan. Suasana perang pada saat kelahiran dan perkembangannya itu, di kemudian hari sangat memengaruhi perjalanan hidupnya.

Ketika sudah beranjak dewasa, dia menikah dengan Teuku Muhammad, seorang pejuang yang lebih terkenal dengan nama Teuku Cik Tunong. Walaupun ketika masih kecil ia sudah ditunangkan dengan seorang pria bernama Teuku Syam Syarif, tetapi ia memilih menikah dengan Teuku Muhammad, pria yang sangat dicintainya.

Perang terhadap pendudukan Belanda terus berkobar seakan tidak pernah berhenti. Cut Nyak Meutia bersama suaminya Teuku Cik Tunon langsung memimpin perang di daerah Pasai. Perang yang berlangsung sekitar tahun 1900-an itu telah banyak memakan korban baik dari pihak pejuang kemerdekaan maupun dari pihak Belanda.

Pasukan Belanda yang mempunyai persenjataan lebih lengkap memaksa pasukan pejuang kemerdekaan yang dipimpin pasangan suami istri itu melakukan taktik perang gerilya. Berkali-kali pasukan mereka berhasil mencegat patroli pasukan Belanda. Di lain waktu, mereka juga pernah menyerang langsung ke markas pasukan Belanda di Idie.

Sudah banyak kerugian pemerintahan Belanda baik berupa pasukan yang tewas maupun materi diakibatkan perlawanan pasukan Cut Nyak Meutia. Karenanya, melalui pihak keluarga Meutia sendiri, Belanda selalu berusaha membujuknya agar menyerahkan diri. Namun Cut Nyak Meutia tidak pernah tunduk terhadap bujukan yang terkesan memaksa tersebut.

Bersama suaminya, tanpa kenal takut dia terus melakukan perlawanan. Namun naas bagi Teuku Cik Tunong, suaminya. Suatu hari di bulan Mei tahun 1905, Teuku Cik Tunong berhasil ditangkap pasukan Belanda. Ia kemudian dijatuhi hukuman tembak.

Berselang beberapa lama setelah kematian suaminya, Cut Nyak Meutia menikah lagi dengan Pang Nangru, pria yang ditunjuk dan dipesan suami pertamanya sebelum menjalani hukuman tembak. Pang Nangru adalah teman akrab dan kepercayaan suami pertamanya, Teuku Cik Tunong. Bersama suami keduanya itu, Cut Nyak Meutia terus melanjutkan perjuangan melawan pendudukan Belanda.

Di lain pihak, pengepungan pasukan Belanda pun semakin hari semakin mengetat yang mengakibatkan basis pertahanan mereka semakin menyempit. Pasukan Cut Meutia semakin tertekan mundur, masuk lebih jauh ke pedalaman rimba Pasai.

Di samping itu, mereka pun terpaksa berpindah-pindah dari satu tempat ke tempat lain untuk menyiasati pencari jejak pasukan Belanda. Namun pada satu pertempuran di Paya Cicem pada bulan September tahun 1910, Pang Nangru juga tewas di tangan pasukan Belanda. Sementara Cut Nyak Meutia sendiri masih dapat meloloskan diri.

Kematian Pang Nangru membuat beberapa orang teman Pang Nangru akhirnya menyerahkan diri. Sedangkan Meutia walaupun dibujuk untuk menyerah namun tetap tidak bersedia. Di pedalaman rimba Pasai, dia hidup berpindah-pindah bersama anaknya, Raja Sabil, yang masih berumur sebelas tahun untuk menghindari pengejaran pasukan Belanda.

Tapi pengejaran pasukan Belanda yang sangat intensif membuatnya tidak bisa menghindar lagi. Rahasia tempat persembunyiannya terbongkar. Dalam suatu pengepungan yang rapi dan ketat pada tanggal 24 Oktober 1910, dia berhasil ditemukan.

Walaupun pasukan Belanda bersenjata api lengkap tapi itu tidak membuat hatinya kecut. Dengan sebilah rencong di tangan, dia tetap melakukan perlawanan. Namun tiga orang tentara Belanda yang dekat dengannya melepaskan tembakan. Dia pun gugur setelah sebuah peluru mengenai kepala dan dua buah lainnya mengenai dadanya.

Cut Nyak Meutia gugur sebagai pejuang pembela bangsa. Atas jasa dan pengorbanannya, oleh negara namanya dinobatkan sebagai Pahlawan Kemerdekaan Nasional yang disahkan dengan SK Presiden RI No.107 Tahun 1964, tanggal 2 Mei 1964



The Minang House at Koto nan ampet(the fourth city) Pajakoemboeh in 1870

1871 xxxx Sultan Muda II

-Tasik (Kota Pinang)




Yang dipertuan Sati sulung Mustafa


 xxxx Sultan Muda II




This was followed by the arrival of another steamer from the “Nederland” Royal Mail line in September 1871. (wiki)





Eugène Maximiliaan August Alexander (Eugène) Karel Frackers (Maastricht, 1844Lombok, 23 november 1894) was een Nederlands luitenant-kolonel der infanterie van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Frackers, afkomstig uit een echte soldatenfamilie, trad in 1865 bij het Instructiebataljon te Kampen in dienst, werd op 5 december 1866 vanuit de rang van sergeant benoemd tot tweede luitenant (te Meester Cornelis) en in mei 1869 overgeplaatst bij het garnizoensbataljon van de Westerafdeling van Borneo.

Hij werd op 20 augustus 1872 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant en was in deze rang negen jaar adjudant van de afdelingscommandant van Padang.


Henricus C. Verbraak S.J. (Rotterdam, 24 maart 1835Magelang, 1 juni 1917)

was een Nederlands aalmoezenier die oa. 33 jaar bij het KNIL te Atjeh diende, ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw en officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau. Hij kreeg de bijnaam De Soldatenpastoor of De Vader van Jan Fuselier.

 Op 23 mei 1907 verliet de soldatenpastoor P Henricus Verbraak S.J., alias de vader van Jan Fuselier, na 33 jaar volle toewijding zijn standplaats in Atjeh. De soldatenpastoor P Henricus Verbraak S.J. fungeerde als aalmoezenier van het KNIL te Atjeh

en op Sumatra’s Westkust van 3 oktober 1872 tot 23 mei 1907.








Antonius Gerardus Popelier (Blinjoe (Nederlands-Indië), 1847Grave, 23 maart 1884) was een Nederlands eerste luitenant der infanterie, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse en begiftigd met de Eresabel. Popelier klom binnen het Nederlands-Indische leger in de rangen op en nam in 1873 in de rang van tweede luitenant deel aan de tweede expeditie naar Atjeh. Tijdens de inname van de Mesigit op 6 januari 1874 werd kolonel de Roy van Zuijdewijn, die van de reserve-brigade te Padang was opgeroepen in de plaats van de gewonde kolonel Wiggers van Kerchem, aldus als commandant der tweede brigade optredend, licht gewond aan de kuit, verder werden de kapiteins der infanterie van Mauntz, Visscher, Van Lier, luitenant der infanterie Popelier (van het veertiende bataljon) en de luitenants der infanterie Meuleman, Hulskamp en Hemmes, kapitein der artillerie Schneither en officier van gezondheid De Wilde licht gewond.



Gijsbertus Johannes van Kooten (1851Den Haag 29 mei 1923) was een Nederlands luitenant-generaal der artillerie van het Indische leger, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde, in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw en in het Legioen van Eer. Van Kooten volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd op 18 juli 1871 benoemd tot tweede luitenant der artillerie in Oost-Indië. Hij vertrok op 7 december 1872 met het stoomschip Prins Hendrik naar Java, waar hij in februari van het jaar daarop aankwam. Hij werd op 5 december 1874 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant, werd geplaatst bij de zesde compagnie te Atjeh en in mei 1875 overgeplaatst bij de vijfde compagnie te Banjoe Biroe. In december van eerder genoemd jaar werd Van Kooten geplaatst als onderconstructeur bij de constructiewinkel te Soerabaja, slaagde in juli 1880 voor het examen van de krijgsschool en vertrok op 4 augustus van dat jaar per Koning der Nederlanden naar Nederland.


Radjo Itam Tuanku Radjo Alam Johan Bagarsyah  King Of alam minangkabau XXV

Black King Tuanku Tuanku Raja Alam Johan Bagagarsyah Sovereign King of the XXXIII Alam Alam Stakeholder XXV






Stuttering Hero gibbon Negeri Sembilan


War Broken HILL

Perang Bukit Putus


There  Dato ‘Siamang stutter a hero or a cunning CASTLE POLITICIAN?
When talking about the history of Hill End War (25-11-1875), its telling would be incomplete if the role of a Big Man Castle Waiting series namely Dato ‘Siamang Stuttering or the actual name of Hj Kahar bin believer is not spoken.

 The telling of history that is the average raise this figure as a national hero when he chaired the Yam Tuan netherworld armies fought with Army Dato ‘Law Ujong Badger River, aided by Britain and made ​​triumphant Dato Force Act is assisted by the British berundur to Paroi.


Dato ‘Siamang Stuttering is also portrayed as opponents of the intervention of Great Britain and by that time he was appointed as karektor appropriate icon for the freedom of the nation


Gambaran wajah Dato Siamang Gagap

But there was the face of Sahaja Dato ‘Siamang Stuttering? Maybe if we can look at history from differing angles, we may understand how and why something was true and perhaps the events we see the true face of people who for so long hailed by history.

Childhood Studies and Finding Sheikh Abdul Majid Haji Guguk Salo
In the previous article had a glimpse of a figure Syek told Haji Abdul Majid Guguk Salo and the following inscription is a record of childhood and seek Sciences of Sheikh Haji Abdul Majid.

Prepared by:
 Buya Haji Ramli, M. Nur Engku Mudo, Almanar rights.

Day and date of birth Syek Haji Abdul Majid is not known for certain. For most older people are rarely recorded before the day / date of birth. However, it can also be expected that Syek Haji Abdul Majid was born about
In 1875 M.

This information is obtained when Sheikh Abdul Majid was still alive. Sheikh Abdul Majid added, people are a bit older than Syekk like Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Majid Jamil Jambek in Bukit Tinggi, Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Sungayang Thaib in Ar Rasuly in Canduang Solomon was contemporary with Sheikh Abdul Majid, even the most intimate friend during life.

Sheikh Abdul Majid’s father named Muhammad Zen died while Sheikh Abdul Majid was 6 years old. His mother named Hamatun died two years after his father died. In the sense of Sheikh Abdul Majid has been an orphan since the age of 8 years.

Hamatun have a brother who served in the chief of the tribe in the village, Dt Pardano title. So is the mamak Pardano Datuk Sheikh Abdul Majid who maintain since abandoned by her father and mother.

Abdul Majid did not have a brother, but a sister named Zamzam Seibu. Daily work is to help the mamak, kesawah, to the field and in the evening beajar Quran.

Since the abandoned father and mother, Sheikh Abdul Majid in the care of mamak and Amai (mamak uncle’s wife), then began precisely felt the joys and sorrows of life, doing work that has not been done and often get angry, but Abdul Majid remain patient.

With perseverance to learn the Koran at night, Sheikh Abdul Majid Al-Quran was completed (Khatam) in 1884 after studying for about 4 years.

Looking for Science

Day of Sunday morning, dawn had come to the village to the mosque for morning prayers.
Abdul Majid had come up and go to the Mosque to pray Fajr in congregation. Finished praying the crowds have returned home each. Tinggalah him with Gharin (mosque official). At that Abdul Majid thought of the words “Look for Science was even into the land of China”.

Without thinking long, he stepped into the house mamak. Arriving home mamak, mamak seen beliaupun dreamy and pensive as she thought. How do I convey this to the mamak intentions. In case you mad at him later. Think about it again. Let mamak angry, but the intentions are still delivered.

Mal! I want to get away from the house for a while, looking into the land of the science. Answer mamak Ah! – Finding Science you read. That will be eaten alone is not enough. Fields and lading was pawned. We recommend that you follow the mamak gamble and connect. Lucky lucky lucky to win, we redeem the pawned property. If you do not want up.

Then mamak opinion, let me not take a gamble and connect. Let me go kerantau people to seek knowledge. Science is very important according to the disurau tutor.

Nah! mamak see, hard hearts, you stubborn willpower. But no money stock mamak seek knowledge for you that. Mamak advised; What mamak Convey the message.



If you go kelapau(shop)
Yu Buy mullet Buy
Fish length Buy Once

If you get dirantau(abroad)
Mother looking for, dunsanak search
Affection people looking for first

Advice mamak(Uncle) was nice and made me happy. If I may ask that counsel was added again for lunch in my life.

That Pock is Kundi
Which Red is sago
Whether it is a moral
Beautiful it is meatball

Buy quarter strap
9ONE Kepeng money)Sekupang buy papaya
Once lost favor
Over the life of an unbeliever

Now let me go in search of knowledge, give me a happy heart, hopefully to the intent and purpose. My congratulations on the way, congratulations mamak and family, forgive all the mistakes. Wassalaamu’alaikum wa rohmatullahhi wabarakatuh.

After obtaining permission from mamak, mamak him down from the house, a brief stop at home Mom Saurah (Family / dunsanak sepesukuan) Dt kemanakan Pardano children too. Abdul Majid expressed intentions that day he set off into the land of the search for knowledge, and at the same time beg leave farewell.

Mother Saurah moved his passing, but happy mom if someday you become a good dab a lot of bookish knowledge. This is a pack of rice eaten lunch on the way and take your money sebengo = 2.5 cents. Thank you, ma’am. Hello W.w, Wa’alaikum greetings. Congratulations road.


From home mother Saurah Abdul Majid walking directions to the East towards Nagari Supayang, Situmbuk and Sumanik. Because in Sumanik anyone has some time back from Mecca. His name is Haji Haji Sumanik Sumanik and other friends are in Payakumbuh Piobang Haji, Haji Sikek Smart Visibility poor at length.

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Masa Kecil Dan Mencari Ilmu Syekh Haji Abdul Majid Guguk Salo

Pada tulisan sebelumnya telah dikisahkan kilasan sosok Syek Haji Abdul Majid Guguk Salo dan tulisan berikut adalah catatan masa kecil dan mencari Ilmu dari Syekh Haji Abdul Majid.


Disusun oleh:

 Buya Haji Ramli, M.Nur Engku Mudo, Almanar HAM.



Hari dan tanggal lahir Syek Haji Abdul Majid tidak diketahui secara pasti. Sebab pada umumnya orang-orang tua dahulu jarang yang mencatat hari/tanggal kelahirannya. Namun demikian, dapat juga diperkirakan bahwa Syek Haji Abdul Majid lahir sekitar

tahun 1875 M.


Keterangan ini diperoleh sewaktu Syekh Abdul Majid masih hidup. Syekh Abdul Majid menambahkan, orang-orang yang sedikit lebih tua dari Syekk Abdul MAjid seperti Syekh Muhammad Jamil Jambek di Bukit Tinggi , Syekh Muhammad Thaib di Sungayang dan Syekh Sulaiman Ar Rasuly di Canduang adalah seangkatan dengan Syekh Abdul Majid, bahkan teman yang paling akrab semasa hidupnya.


Ayah Syekh Abdul Majid bernama Muhammad Zen meninggal sewaktu Syekh Abdul Majid berumur 6 tahun. Ibunya bernama Hamatun wafat 2 tahun sesudah ayahnya meninggal. Dalam arti Syekh Abdul Majid telah yatim piatu sejak umur 8 tahun.


Hamatun mempunyai seorang saudara laki-laki yang menjabat kepala kaum dalam Suku Kampung Dalam , bergelar Dt Pardano. Jadi Datuk Pardano adalah mamak Syekh Abdul Majid yang memeliharanya semenjak ditinggalkan oleh ayah dan ibu.


Abdul Majid tidak mempunyai saudara laki-laki, kecuali seorang saudara perempuan seibu bernama Zamzam. Pekerjaan sehari-hari adalah membantu mamak , kesawah, keladang dan pada malam hari beajar Al Quran.


Semenjak ditinggalkan ayah dan Ibu, Syekh Abdul Majid dalam asuhan mamak dan amai (istri paman-mamak), maka bermula pulalah dirasakan suka dan duka hidup, mengerjakan pekerjaan yang selama ini belum pernah dikerjakan dan sering kena marah, namun Abdul Majid tetap sabar.


Dengan ketekunan belajar Al Quran pada malam hari, Syekh Abdul Majid sempat menamatkan Al Quran (Khatam) pada tahun 1884 setelah belajar selama lebih kurang 4 tahun.


Mencari Ilmu



Dihari Minggu pagi, shubuh orang kampong telah berdatangan ke Masjid untuk untuk sholat subuh.

Abdul Majid pun ikut bangun dan pergi ke Masjid melaksanakan sholat Subuh berjamaah. Selesai sholat orang banyak telah kembali kerumah masing-masing. Tinggalah beliau dengan Gharin (petugas Masjid). Saat itu Abdul Majid teringat kata-kata “ Carilah Ilmu itu walau kenegeri Cina”.


Tanpa berfikir panjang, ia melangkah menuju rumah mamak. Setibanya di rumah mamak, dilihat mamak termenung dan beliaupun termenung sambil berfikir. Bagaimana cara menyampaikan maksud hati ini kepada mamak. Kalau-kalau marah padanya nanti. Pikir-pikir lagi. Biarlah mamak marah, namun maksud hati ini tetap disampaikan.


Mal ! Saya ingin pergi dari rumah ini untuk sementara waktu, mencari ilmu kenegeri orang. Jawab mamak Ah ! – Mencari Ilmu yang kau baca. Yang akan dimakan saja tidak cukup. Sawah dan lading sudah tergadai. Sebaiknya kamu ikuti mamak berjudi dan menyambung. Untung –untung-untung menang, kita tebus harta yang tergadai. Kalau kamu tidak mau terserah.


Kalau begitu pendapat mamak, biarlah saya tidak ikut berjudi dan menyambung. Izinkanlah saya pergi kerantau orang untuk mencari ilmu pengetahuan. Ilmu Pengetahuan itu adalah sangat penting sekali menurut keterangan guru mengaji disurau.


Nah ! mamak lihat, hatimu keras, kemauan kamu keras kepala. Tapi mamak tidak ada uang bekal mencari ilmu untuk kamu itu. Mamak berpesan ; Apa pesan mamak sampaikanlah.


Kalau kamu pergi kelapau

Yu Beli belanak Beli

Ikan Panjang Beli Dahulu


Kalau kamu sampai dirantau

Ibu cari, dunsanak cari

Kasih saying orang cari dahulu


Nasehat mamak itu bagus dan senang hati saya dibuatnya. Kalau boleh saya minta supaya nasehat itu ditambah lagi untuk bekal dalam hidup saya.


Yang kurik itu adalah kundi

Yang Merah itu adalah sago

Yang Baik itu adalah budi

Yang Indah itu adalah baso


Setali beli tali

Sekupang beli papaya

Sekali kehilangan budi

Selama hidup orang tidak percaya


Sekarang izinkanlah saya berjalan mencari ilmu, lepaskanlah saya dengan hati senang, mudah-mudahan sampai maksud dan tujuan. Selamat saya dalam perjalanan, selamat mamak dan keluarga yang ditinggalkan, Ma’afkan semua kesalahan. Wassalaamu’alaikum wa rohmatullahhi wabarakatuh.


Setelah mendapat izin dari mamak , beliau turun dari rumah mamak , singgah sebentar di rumah Ibu Saurah (Keluarga/dunsanak sepesukuan) anak kemanakan Dt Pardano juga. Abdul Majid menyampaikan maksud hati bahwa hari ini beliau berangkat mencari ilmu pengetahuan kenegeri orang, mohon izin dan sekaligus pamitan.


Ibu Saurah terharu atas kepergiannya, namun ibu gembira bila kelak kamu menjadi orang baik-baik dab berilmu pengetahuan yang banyak. Inilah sebungkus nasi bekal dimakan dalam perjalanan dan terimalah uang sebengo=2,5 sen . Terima kasih, Bu. Assalamu’alaikum W.w, Wa’alaikum salam. Selamat jalan.


Dari rumah Ibu Saurah Abdul Majid berjalan arah ke Timur menuju Nagari Supayang, Situmbuk dan Sumanik. Karena di Sumanik ada orang yang telah agak lama kembali dari Mekkah. Namanya Haji Sumanik dan teman Haji Sumanik lainnya adalah Haji Piobang di Payakumbuh, Haji Miskin di Pandai Sikek Pandang Panjang



Hendrik Eduard Schoggers (Padang, 13 november 1844 – Lambaroe (Atjeh), 17 augustus 1878) was een Nederlands kapitein, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde en drager van de eresabel. Schoggers werd benoemd tot cadet aan de Koninklijke Militaire Academie, voor het wapen der infanterie in Oost-Indië (18 augustus 1860) en op 1 september 1863 benoemd tot cadet-sergeant. Op 27 juni 1864 werd hij bevorderd tot tweede luitenant en tot eerste luitenant benoemd op 14 september 1870; hij maakte deel uit van de expeditie naar Atjeh en werd voor zijn verrichtingen gedurende het jaar 1876 benoemd tot ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse (Koninklijk Besluit van 13 september 1877, nr 24) en tot kapitein bevorderd per 29 april 1876.




Willem Gerardus Antonius Cornelis Christan (1854Amersfoort, 12 juli 1915) was een Nederlands generaal-majoor der infanterie van het Indische leger, officier in de Militaire Willems-Orde en begiftigd met de Eresabel. Christan trad in 1869 bij het Instructiebataljon te Harderwijk in dienst en werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 19 december 1874 nummer 15 benoemd tot tweede luitenant bij het tweede bataljon van het leger in Nederlands-Indië; hij vertrok op 23 mei 1876 per Ophir naar Palembang, waar hij ingedeeld werd bij het garnizoensbataljon en op 4 september 1877 benoemd tot eerste luitenant, op 19 oktober van datzelfde jaar benoemd tot adjudant. Christan werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 1880 benoemd tot ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde.


Dutch entered the  Batanghari region through the expedition  Veth.


Written By Jimbalang on 18 January 2012 | 14:00



TRADISI SABUANG AYAM boleh dibilang sudah hapus di Minangkabau. Adalah Kaum Padri pada paroh pertama abad ke-19 yang melarang kebiasaan adu jago pakai taji ini, sebab identik dengan judi dan menyiksa binatang.

 Pelakunya dianggap berdosa dan kalau mati akan masuk neraka. Namun demikian, lama kemudian tradisi sabung ayam masih ditemukan di Minangkabau. “Oerang Polici [di Padang yang bernama si Rehim] bersama dengan 4 temannja soedah menangkap 12 oerang jang asig menjaboeng ajam di Belantoeng, di belakang roemah kornel kepala bala tantra di Pasisir Pertja Barat. Si Rehim terdjatoeh, dan ajam jang di bawag nya meranggoet ranggoet tadji, se hingga oerang itoe loeka tangannja. Sampeij se karang loeka itoe beloem baig”, demikian laporan koran Bentara Melajoe, Thn I, Selasa, 12 Juni 1877.




Gijsbertus Godefriedus Johannes Notten (1850Nijmegen, 27 juli 1913) was een Nederlands kolonel van het Nederlands Indisch Leger en oprichter van het corps marechaussees; hij was officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau. Notten werd in 1875, in de rang van tweede luitenant, overgeplaatst bij het vijfde bataljon, dat onder leiding stond van majoor Romswinckel, en een expeditie deed op Atjeh. Hij werd in mei 1876 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant. Op 4 februari 1878 werd Notten tijdelijk gedetacheerd bij het corps mineurs en sappeurs.




Karel van Erpecum (Schiedam, 9 oktober 1856Mataram, Lombok, 30 september 1894) was een Nederlands kapitein der infanterie van het Indische leger. Als jongeman verbleef Van Erpecum vaak lang op het paradeveld van de schutterij en werd er van hem gezegd dat hij buitengewoon bekwaam was om te dienen als prevot-brevet.Hij vertrok in 1868 als sergeant naar Indië en deed daar het admissie-examen voor de militaire school te Meester Cornelis. Hij slaagde voor die opleiding en werd op 14 december 1877 bevorderd tot tweede luitenant vanuit de rang van adjudant-onderofficier. Hij werd geplaatst bij het elfde bataljon infanterie en vertrok in april 1878 naar Atjeh met het stoomschip Koningin Sophia.



Februari 1878, Sisingamangaraja mulai melakukan perlawanan terhadap kekuasaan kolonial Belanda. Ini dilakukannya untuk mempertahankan daerah kekuasaannya di Tapanuli yang dicaplok Belanda. Dimulai dari penyerangan pos-pos Belanda di Bakal Batu, Tarutung.

Sejak itu penyerangan terhadap pos-pos Belanda lainnya terus berlangsung




 Commemoration of the first centenary of the Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences was held on June 1, 1878. (wiki)






Minang King Adhytiawarman Tomb Batoesangkat in 1879








Adhytiawarna Script stone (batoe Basoerek) Batoesangkar in 1879

Prasasi “Kuburan Rajo”The King tomb, WITH SANSEKRIT LANGUAGE MADE IN 1356,may be this the Minangkabau Old script.   




Istana Pagarroejoeng scriptstone Batoesangkar in 1879

At Boekitgombak  about 2 km from Pagaruyung there was the bigger stone with 21 line script  in year 1356


The ston script batoe basoerek now

An old small town, 50 km southeast of Bukit Tinggi, it is a centre of the ancient Minangkabau culture. Pagaruyung is the historical site of a Minangkabau kingdom in the 14th century. Nearby is where some archaeological vestiges, such as the Written Stone, the Stabbed Stone and some other relics can be found. Nearby is where some archaeological vestiges, such as the Written Stone, the Stabbed Stone and some other relics can be found.




Pantjar Matahari(Zonnebloemen of Lotus) of Minang King Tom(Koeboeran rajo) Batoesangkar in 1879

Compare with Batu Basurek Batusangkar now below

Adhityawarman name known by the scientist, he ever went to Chinea to times  as the envoy of Majapahit Kingdom , he built Candi Jago  which keep the King Wisnuwardana ash . and the latest candi was the Rocok at soegeilangsek, that time Adhytiawarman in Minangkabau .



Batu Basurek citadel located at Kubur Rajo village, Lima Kaum Sub distric is 4 km from the Batusangkar.Batu basurek is located at the top of the graves of the king Adityawarman.inscription Batu Basurek any posts were written with it in ancient sanskerta.Batu Basurek is 25 cm wide 80 cm high with a thickness 10 cm and weight of 50 kg.

Batu Basurek has aged 659 year.

This discovery inscription is written in the first
16 December 1880

 by P.H. Van Hengst, Assistant Resident Tanah Datar. Prof. H Kern, an expert from the Netherlands, who he first discussed with the inscription any posts Java Ancient Sanskrit language it.

In the 1917

he is to translate the contents: “Adityawarman strong forward, he Kanakamedinindra authorities or Suwarnadwipa (Sumatra or Golden Land). Adwayawarman father. He Indra family.”

Adityawarman born from the womb Dara Jingga, daughter of the king Darmasraya located at the Batanghari river, Jambi. His father, Adwayawarman earlier, relatives Singosari palace.

Have, in 1292

 China’s Kublai Khan Singosari attack. And his brother Dara Jingga, Dara Petak, bring the army to help Singosari. Unfortunately, Singosari fall, and eventually mastered Jayakatwang.

Then Raden Wijaya Jayakatwang move and rename it into the kingdom of Majapahit. Raden Wijaya married Dara Petak. Dara Jingga make the Adwayawarman. Once married, Dara Jingga invites her husband back to Darmasraya – and Adityawarman was born.

After Majapahit for various services, so the king finally Adityawarman in Darmasraya. He moved the kingdom’s Siguntur (Sawahlunto Sijunjung) to Pagaruyung.

Until now the Pagaruyung still have differences of opinion whether Adityawarman Minangkabau king or king Pagaruyung only.

Because, at that time that the king in The Limo Kaum, Pariangan, Tanah Datar and the other, is Datuk Parpatih Nan Sabatang and Datuk Katamanggungan. “Adityawarman a sumando not more, (the husband of the Minangkabau).


Batu Basurek is a stone with inscriptions in the old Palava script of India, bearing the legend of Adityawarman

in the year 1347.

 Literally, “Batu Basurek” itself means “The Written Stone”.

The stone’s 25 cm wide, 80 cm high, and 10 cm thick. Erected above King Adityawarman’s resting place centuries ago, this stone was rediscovered in December 16th, 1880.

The inscription told about Adityawarman’s heritages. Due to his services to Majapahit Kingdom, Adityawarman became a king in Dharmasraya and moved his kingdom from Siguntur Sawahlunto to Pagaruyung


 Minang Stone script now


Adityawarman   Stone Script

This site is where all the collection of Stone script  during the King Adityawarman ruled. 


Many found around Bukit gombak, and written in ancient Java Script, Sanskrit and Ancient Melayu.


Those written stones write the praises for the King Adityawarman,  +  4 km from Batusangkar on the way to Pagaruyung. Located in Pagaruyung Village Tanjung Emas Sub-district




Adityawarman Bronze Collections

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A close container made of bronze relics allegedly one Adityawarman kingdom, found in archaeological excavations in the Mount Jorong crest, Nagari Baringin, The Limo District, Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra, the excavation ended on Friday (15/4).

Kompas , Monday, April 18, 2011 –

archaeological excavations to find more remains of the Kingdom of Adityawarman by researchers from Indonesia, Germany, Australia, and Holland will return in March 2012.

“The estimated excavation continued in March 2012.

 The location is still on the Mount Dama ‘(Resin) and Bukit Kincia (windmill), “said Head of Preservation Hall Preservation and Utilization of Archaeological Heritage (BP3) Batusangkar, Budi Istiawan, Sunday (17/4), after the first phase of excavation at Bukit Jorong crest , Nagari Baringin, The Limo District, Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra. The first phase of excavation took place from March 16 until April 15.

In the interim, continued Budi, a number of findings from the excavation Archaeological excavation project called Tanah Datar 2011 chaired by Prof. Dr. Dominik Bonatz of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, it is stored in the BP3 Batusangkar.

Previously, the findings in the form of shards of pottery from China during the Song Dynasty and Ming Dynasty, pottery shards, glass beads of various colors, closed container made of bronze, and a handful of stone axes, were first systematically recorded.

The 11 holes are dug with a system of trench (trench) is between 2 x 3 meters to 10 x 10 meters was again covered with a mound of earth after plastic coated. “To be continued if there is excavation and over,” said Budi.

Meanwhile, the two locations that serve as the first stage of excavation, the Bukit Kincia (mills) owned by residents, were asked not to be used first. “Before the land was leased during the excavation, but I’ve done that approach should not be disturbed until the excavations conducted at least once next year,” said Budi.

He added that the Bukit Kincia who is also an ancient tomb was believed to residents around the area to be avoided, so that small communities are likely to be tilled. Previously, Dominik said he and his team also found a number of large pieces of brick, which is supposed to be part structure of an ancient settlement in the excavation area.

“But the pieces have been destroyed. Likely due to agricultural activities undertaken on land above the people, by constantly plowing the land, “said Dominik.

As for the Bukit Dama ‘(amber) is also used as a first stage of excavation, a wholly owned Tanah Datar regency. Budi added, the first stage of excavation that followed also by Prof. Dr. Arlo Griffiths who is an expert on literature, history, and culture of the countries in the Indian subcontinent in the institution École Française d ‘Extreme-Orient representatives of Jakarta, there are repeated findings about the history of reading that need to be updated.


One of the most important, said Budi, is the mention of the name Melayupura, which has been commonly used in archaeological treasures. “But after re-read by Arlo, was a well read as Malayupura,” said Budi, who mentions no less than 25 inscriptions relating to reread Adityawarman in the stretcher.

Another finding is the designation of Lake Singkarak who was already there from the past. “It has been found in inscriptions Paninggahan in Solok. The inscription was first there in the lake, “said Budi.

Regarding follow-up after the first stage of excavation, Budi said, likely will be held a seminar to explain the results obtained the following findings with the present. Budi explains, it still will be further discussed between Dominik and Arlo.

Based on the research, said Budi, a figure which can be equated with Adityawarman Mahapatih Gadjah Mada in building the kingdom of Majapahit, known to be the King of the Malay-based Dharmasraya Watershed (DAS) Batanghari. The region is now included in Regency area Sijunjung, West Sumatra.

According to Budi, Adityawarman who calls himself the Maharaja Sri Kings that ruled between the years 1347-1375, covering the area now called Dharmasraya District, Tanah Datar, until Pasaman, West Sumatra. (INK)




“Ba Luhak Nan Tigo” and “Ba Luhak nan duo” The center of Minangkabu Kingdom

Pusat alam minangkabau yaitu” Ba Luhak nan tigo” consist Tanagdarat,Agam and Limapuluhkoto(fifty koto)” and “ Ba Luhak nan duo” consist Kotopiliang and Bodicaniago.

Luhah Tanahdatr is the biggest  and more important  related to history, expand to north, east and tengara Singkarak lake,with center at Pagarruruyung near Batusangkar. Consist 14 nagari(minangstate village)  unity to Laras with leader Tengkulareh  and later became district  with the chief Demang . At the Merapi mount there was Priangan village, this village became famous in Minangkabu legend story , not far from this village there is the prassti inscript stone called “Batu Basurek(bertulis)”  consist 6 line with tarikh 1250





Jonkheer Gilles Jan Willem Cornelis Hermanus Graafland (Batavia, 11 februari 1854Haarlem, 9 oktober 1921) was een Nederlandse luitenant-kolonel, commandant bij het Korps Marechaussee te voet in Nederlands-Indië, ridder en officier in de Militaire Willems-Orde en officier d’Instruction Publique. Graafland volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie, werd benoemd tot tweede luitenant (1877) en vertrok naar Atjeh, waar hij zich dermate onderscheidde bij het optreden van de Nederlandse troepen in de XXII en XXVI moekims in in 1878 en 1879 dat hij in 1880 het ridderkruis der Militaire Willems-Orde verwierf (Koninklijk Besluit van 31 januari 1880, nr. 14).




Nicolaas Hageman (Dordrecht, 10 oktober 1861 – Kota Toewankoe (Atjeh), 26 juli 1889) was een Nederlandse eerste luitenant, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse. Hageman werd werd tot cadet benoemd aan de Koninklijke Militaire Academie, voor het wapen der genie in Oost-Indië, op 20 september 1877 en bevorderd tot cadet-korporaal op 16 september 1880. Hij werd op 5 juli 1881 benoemd tot tweede luitenant, op 8 augustus 1883 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant en te werk gesteld in Atjeh. De Nederlandse posten te Atjeh, Pakan Kroeng Tjoet en Kota Pohama, werden in de maand juli 1889 telkens geteisterd door het geschutvuur van de Atjehnezen.




Nicolaas Jules Cesar van Polanen Petel (1855Den Haag, 4 februari 1922) was een Nederlands kapitein van het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Van Polanen Petel nam dienst bij het Instructiebataljon te Kampen en werd vanuit de rang van sergeant op 28 juli 1877 bevorderd tot tweede luitenant. Hij werd op 8 januari 1878 geplaatst bij het derde bataljon infanterie en vertrok op 25 mei 1878 per stoomschip Sindoro naar Atjeh, waar hij op 26 augustus 1879 werd afgelost en per Bromo terugkeerde naar Batavia. Hij werd datzelfde jaar overgeplaatst bij het tiende bataljon en vervolgens, in oktober 1880, bij het achtiende bataljon.


On December 1, 1881, the first dock of the Netherlands Indian Dry Docks Company was opened on Pulau Amsterdam (Eiland Amsterdam) in the roadsteads of Batavia.[19]








Loemboeng Padi (Rice storage) and Garobak Padati(native minang karbouw carriage) at Padang Darek Bovenlanden in 1880

The Minangman from soengei Poear in 1880


TUANKU LARAS adalah jabatan adat bikinan Belanda untuk mengontrol masyarakat Minangkabau.

 Gelar tuanku lareh (‘tuanku laras’), atau larashoofd (‘kepala laras’) dalam bahasa Belanda, cukup bergengsi di Minangkabau pada zaman kolonial.

Mereka yang dipilih menjadi kepala laras biasanya berasal dari kalangan penghulu berpengaruh di suatu nagari yang bisa diajak bekerjasama oleh Belanda.

Jabatan tuanku laras sebebarnya sangat pelik: ke atas ia harus loyal kepada Belanda, ke bawah ia harus melindungi rakyatnya.

Banyak kepala laras yang masih memegang idealisme, tetapi tak sedikit yang dibenci oleh masyarakatnya sendiri karena secara langsung atau tidak mereka menjadi perpanjangan tangan kolonialis Belanda untuk menekan dan mengontrol masyarakat Minangkabau di nagari-nagari.


foto Kepala Laras Sungai Puar, Datuak Tumangguang Sutan Sulaiman (dalam dokumen-dokumen Belanda namanya ditulis ‘Datoe Toemanggoeng Soetan Soeliman’). Foto ukuran 17,5×12 cm. ini dibuat oleh mat kodak Th. F.A. Delprat pada tahun 1890.

Datuak Tumangguang berkuasa antara 1870-an sampai 1930-an. Ia dikenal dekat dengan Belanda dan cukup cerdik menggunakan jabatannya untuk kesejahteraan keluarganya. Rumahnya gadangnya yang besar di Sungai puar, dan termasuk yang termewah untuk ukuran waktu itu, acap kali kedatangan tamu-tamu penting orang Belanda (antara lain perintis pembuatan jalan kereta api, J.W. Ijzerman, peneliti Jerman Alfred Maas, dan mantan misionaris Meint Joustra).

Para pengunjung Eropa itu sempat membuat foto interior rumah gadang milik Datuak Tumangguang Sutan Sulaiman (lihat misalnya, buku Alfred Maas, Quer durch Sumatra: Reise-Erinnerungen. Berlin: Wilhem Süsserott, 1904; M. Joustra, Minangkabau: Overzicht van Land, Geschiedenis en Volk. Leiden: Louis H. Becherer, 1921). Foto-foto itu boleh dibilang cukup langka karena tidak banyak sebenarnya dokumen visual klasik yang memotret interior rumah gadang Minangkabau. Fotografer Delprat juga sempat memotret keluarga besar Datuak Tumangguang


The Padang Pandjang Minang womens in 1880

The Minang Bridegrom  at Batipoeh village in 1880

The Agam minang women in 1880

  • The Minang cride from  Soegai lassi in 1880

The Minangkabau Man in 1880







Herman Albert Loder (Scheemda, 20 januari 1857Parijs 21 maart 1900) was een Nederlands vertegenwoordiger van de handelsfirma De Lange & Co, chef van de Atjeh-Associatie te Kota Radja tijdens de Atjeh-oorlog en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse. In juni 1882 rukte een colonne van Lambaroe uit om de posten Pajau en Senelop van voorraden te voorzien, waarbij Loder als vertegenwoordiger der Atjeh-Associatie aanwezig was en belast met het toezicht op de transportmiddelen. Gedurende de gehele tocht werd de colonne voortdurend beschoten en aangevallen door met klewangs bewapende Atjehnezen, waardoor er tientallen doden en gewonden vielen.




Willem Nicolaas Scheib (1850Lombok, 18 november 1894) was een Nederlandse kapitein der infanterie van het Nederlands-Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Scheib ontving zijn opleiding als officier aan de militaire school te Meester Cornelis en werd op 22 maart 1878 benoemd tot tweede luitenant der infanterie bij het leger in Indië. Hij werd datzelfde jaar geplaatst bij het twaalfde bataljon, vervolgens bij het negende en op 19 augustus 1879 overgeplaatst bij het garnizoensbataljon der Westerafdeling van Borneo. In die rang en als eerste luitenant, waartoe hij op 1 april 1882 werd bevorderd, hield hij bij herhaling, telkens gedurende langere tijd, verblijf op Atjeh en nam daar deel aan de meeste belangrijke krijgsverrichtingen


Perang Batak

– Mei 1883, pos Belanda di Uluan dan Balige diserang oleh pasukannya Sisingamangaraja.
– Tahun 1884, pos Belanda di Tangga Batu juga dihancurkan oleh pasukan Sisingamangaraja.




 From August 12 to November 19, 1883, an exhibition of agricultural products and native arts and crafts was held at Batavia’s Koningsplein.[19]






Rutger Jan graaf Schimmelpenninck (Amsterdam, 20 november 1855Zeist, 23 juni 1935) was een Nederlands luitenant-generaal der infanterie, gedetacheerd bij het Indische leger en onder meer ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Schimmelpenninck bezocht de HBS te Den Haag en kwam in 1875 op de Koninklijke Militaire Academie te Breda; hij werd op 28 juni 1877 benoemd tot tweede luitenant der infanterie, in 1881 voor de duur van vijf jaar gedetacheerd bij het Nederlands-Indische leger en vertrok op 11 februari 1882 met de Koningin Emma naar Batavia met een detachement suppletietroepen, waar hij op 29 maart daaropvolgend aankwam. Hij bracht zijn gedetacheerde jaren in Indië meest op Atjeh door, werd in 1882 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant en nam in 1884 deel aan de expeditie naar Tenom.



In November 1884, an exhibition of Javanese crafts and arts was held in the Raden Saleh  Zoological Gardens in what is now Taman Ismail Marzuki.(wiki)






Jacobus Augustinus Vetter (2 december 18372 december 1907) was een Nederlands generaal, commandant van het Nederlands Indische leger. Vetter trad in 1853 bij het instructiebataljon te Kampen in militaire dienst, werd in 1859 benoemd tot tweede luitenant der infanterie, in 1860 overgeplaatst naar Nederlands-Indië, in 1863 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant, in 1872 tot kapitein, in 1879 tot majoor, in 1883 tot luitenant-kolonel, in 1889 tot kolonel en in 1891 tot generaal-majoor. In deze verschillende rangen nam hij deel aan verschillende krijgsverrichtingen, onder meer aan die in de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo, (1861-1863), in de Westerafdeling van Borneo (1864-1866 en 1884-1885), te Atjeh (1873-1874, de tweede expeditie naar Atjeh, 1877-1879, onder leiding van Karel van der Heijden en in 1886-1888), en de Lombok-expeditie.



George Johan Albert Webb (Batavia, 23 juli 1861Atjeh, 24 januari, 1902) was een Nederlandse kapitein in het Indische leger en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde vierde klasse. George Johan Albert Webb werd op 23 juli 1861 te Batavia geboren als zoon van Samuel Albert Webb en Johanna Charlotta Geertruida Alexandrina Muller Kruseman. Webb volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd in december 1884 aangesteld als tweede luitenant der infanterie, het jaar daarop vertrok hij naar Indië; in 1887 werd hij te Atjeh ingedeeld in bij het twaalfde bataljon infanterie. Tijdens het gevecht nabij Kota Radja Bedil (Kota Pohama) op 12 oktober 1887 voldeed hij zo goed dat nog tijdens het gevecht de aanvoerder zijn adjudant naar Webb zond om zijn tevredenheid te betuigen.





The Minang bridge at Soepajang in 1887







On January 15, 1888, an anatomical and bacterial laboratory was established in Batavia.[19]






The Minang Bride “Darek” boven landen in 1890

The Minang Family of Solok with dutch women and children in 1890



Pajakoemboeh Minang Kerapatan adat Raad House 1890


Batang arau(muara)












Bootjes te Moeara Padang





Pelabuhan muara batang Arau,banyak gudang dan bank escompto,dan Javasche Bank(Bank Indonesia),kantor Garuda Indonesian airways, dan MHI-Ang Eng Hoat(saat ini wirako SH),saat ini banyak dijadikan sarang burung wallet.


Sebagian gudang rusak saat gempa 2008 dan tahun 2012 mulai direnovasi.Untuk menyebrang sungai telah dibangun jembatan oleh Hutama Karya Tahun 2002 saat dipimpin oleh Ir Adiwijaya





















Emma haven railway station 1893










Gerrard Kornelis Dijkstra (Pontianak, 2 juni 1867‘s-Gravenhage, 29 juni 1946) was een Nederlandse luitenant-generaal, commandant van het Indische leger en onder meer ridder in de Militaire Willemsorde vierde klasse. Dijkstra volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd bij Koninklijk Besluit van 25 juli 1887 benoemd tot tweede luitenant der infanterie van het leger in Indië. Hij vertrok op 21 januari 1888 met het stoomschip Conrad naar Nederlands-Indië, waar hij werd ingedeeld bij het dertiende bataljon te Soerabaja. Hij werd in november 1890 overgeplaatst naar Atjeh, in 1891 geplaatst bij het garnizoensbataljon van Atjeh en Onderhorigheden en datzelfde jaar overgeplaatst bij het derde bataljon.


Amai (mother) Pajakoemboeh in 1892



Rangkiang Minangkabau rice storage at Batiboeh in 1892




Gilles Johannes Verstege (Weltevreden, 22 september 1865Zwolle, 19 september 1931) was een Nederlands luitenant-kolonel der infanterie van het Indische leger, ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde en begiftigd met de Eresabel. Verstege volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd op 25 juli 1889 benoemd tot tweede luitenant der infanterie bij het leger in Nederlands-Indië. Hij vertrok op 14 september 1889, samen met kapitein I. Beets en tweede luitenant L. Verstege met de Prins Frederik naar Indië, met aan boord een detachement suppletietroepen van 3 onderofficieren en 30 minderen. In 1890 kreeg hij een verlof van een maand naar Soekaboemi tot herstel van zijn gezondheid. In juni 1891 werd Verstege overgeplaatst van het tiende bataljon infanterie te Batavia bij de garnizoenscompagnie van Banka. Hij werd op 30 december 1893 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant en in juni 1895 overgeplaatst bij het tweede depot-bataljon




Carel Hendrik Hoedt (Ambon, 5 maart 1862Den Haag, 1 april 1932) was een Nederlands kapitein der infanterie van het Indische leger en onder meer ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Hoedt volgde een militaire opleiding in Nederland, waarna hij in dienst bij het Nederlandse leger trad en in 1887, na de hoofdcursus te hebben gevolgd, benoemd werd tot tweede luitenant der infanterie van het leger in Nederlands-Indië (hij was toen bij het zesde regiment infanterie). Hij vertrok in december 1888 per stoomschip Utrecht naar Indië met een detachement suppletietroepen sterk 3 onderofficieren en 40 manschappen. Hij werd in november 1892 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant en in juni 1893 overgeplaatst bij het garnizoensbataljon van Amboina en Ternate te Banda.



Henri Mari Vis (Soerabaja, 14 januari 1870Atjeh, 5 mei 1899) was een Nederlands officier en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Vis volgde de Koninklijke Militaire Academie en werd op 1 augustus 1890 aangesteld als tweede luitenant bij het Nederlands Indische leger; hij werd op tien augustus 1898 bevorderd tot eerste luitenant. Bij verschillende aangelegenheden wist hij zich te Atjeh te onderscheiden en dankte daaraan zijn plaatsing bij het corps marechaussee. In een gevecht bij Lamkoenjit, op 10 mei 1894, werd hij gewond door een schot in het been, maar bleef toch nog urenlang zijn mannen aanvoeren.




Adriaan Johan Charles de Neve (Padang 1857Den Haag, 15 januari 1913) was een Nederlands assistent-resident te Atjeh, resident van de westerafdeling van Borneo en ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. De Neve werd voor zijn verrichtingen als assistent-resident te Atjeh in 1894 per Koninklijk Besluit van 19 maart 1897 nr. 19 benoemd tot ridder in de Militaire Willems-Orde. Later was hij resident in de westerafdeling van Borneo. In 1892 werd hem tevredenheid betuigd voor de loffelijke wijze waarop door hem de functie van assistent-resident voor de politieke aanrakingen met Atjeh gedurende vijf maanden was waargenomen.

The End Of 19th Century

Batanghari  district does not include the residency of West Sumatra, is still an area of ​​Freedom. Until the end of the 19th century the area was free and the people Batanghari sanggat proud of this independence. Kuantan and upstream along the Upper Left Kampar these areas include “Rantau Nan Tigo Jurai” of the kingdom of Minangkabau



In 1895 an expedition Yzerman is not allowed in the “Overseas lowland” Minangkabau.

Pada awal abad ke-20

terjadi lagi reformasi ketiga. Yaitu sepulangnya 3 orang mujtahid dari Mekah. Yaitu Inyik Djambek, Inyik Rasul dan Inyik Abdullah Ahmad membawa modernisasi Islam ajaran Muhammad Abduh dan Jamaluddin
dari Mesir. Gerakan ini tidak hanya dimotivasi oleh gerakan pembaharuan yang sudah berkembang di Mesir tapi juga oleh dorongan rivalitas terhadap golongan berpendidikan Barat yang cara material dan sosial terlihat lebih bergengsi.

Maraknya gerakan ini bertepatan dengan Gerakan Turki Muda pimpinan Kemal Attaturk yang tujuannya mengangkat harkat bangsanya setara dengan bangsa Eropa. Penampilan golongan ini seperti membuang yang serba Arab. Mereka memakai pantalon dan berdasi. Tapi tetap berkopiah sebagai identitas muslimnya. Karena jika tanpa kopiah mereka menjuluki golongan
sinyo. Belanda tidak, Melayu pun bukan. Mereka tidak lagi menyanyikan kasidah dengan gambus. Melainkan lagu yang lebih menduniawi, baik Mesir mau pun yang bernuansa nasionalisme Indonesia dengan iringan alat musik barat. Namun untuk
perempuan, mereka masih berkompromi dengan pola tradisional. Yakni berkain berbaju kurung dan bermudawarah. Sedangkan budaya tradisional adat Minangkabau mereka jauhi.

Syekh Akhmad Khatib, ulama Minangkabau di Mekkah mengatakan: ‘Orang Minangkabau memakan harta haram karena memakan hak warisan anak yatim’.








The Minang bridge at Soepajang in 1887








The Minang Bride “Darek” boven landen in 1890



The Minang Family of Solok with dutch women and children in 1890



Pajakoemboeh Minang Kerapatan adat Raad House 1890





29/09/1893 – 21/12/1898  D. Groeneveld
Groeneveld, serving as Director zince 1877, was promoted to President of the Bank per decree of September 29, 1893. After more than five years as President, Groeneveld died on December 21, 1898. Groeneveld was the first President that came from the Bank’s own personnel.


The road is now called Jalan Asia-Afrika in memory of the conference.


Mileposts on the road were numbered starting at Bandung. Rapid growth of the city, however, began only after the railroad from Batavia (now Jakarta) arrived in 1884







Jenis : Mahkota Kerajaan
Era : Abad ke-19
Asal : Singaraja, Bali
Material : Emas dan Batu Mulia

Koleksi :
1001 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005

Data Museum :

Late 19th century
Gold, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds
6 x 10 1/4 x 8 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Gift of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, & the Americas Arts of the South Pacific

In the 19th century, the royal courts of Bali enjoyed great prosperity and hosted numerous ceremonies and rituals. To assert their right to rule, and to glorify the gods, rulers commissioned artists to create objects of the highest quality. This elegant queen’s crown from the court of Singaraja is fashioned in pure gold with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Delicate flowers in gold leaf suspended on thin metal wires and springs shimmer with movement.

Bali is an Indonesian island small in size but rich in adornment. Its artistic tradition descends from older Javanese styles and the ornate Hindu style of India. As in most cultures of Indonesia, gold was believed to be empowered and able to cause both good and evil. It was also valued as a symbol of high status. This rare crown may have been commissioned as part of a larger set of royal adornment by King Gusti Agung Gede Agung in 1890 for an important wedding ceremony. Almost all of the artworks in the set are made of pure gold, evidence of great wealth.


Jenis : Keris Pusaka
Era : Abad Ke-19
Material : Emas
Asal : Bali



schitterende plattegrond van Batavia te vinden op Aad’s Nederlands-Indië site :


Batavia plattegrond 1897

Meer foto’s en plattegronden van Batavia kun je vinden via deze LINK
Als je onbekend bent in het Batavia van toen, dan is het even zoeken, maar we gaan het hebben over nummer 10….:

Hotel Des Indes

Het noordelijke gedeelte van Batavia werd de Benedenstad genoemd, het zuidelijke gedeelte de Bovenstad. Het zuidelijke gedeelte van Batavia lag wat hoger, vandaar de naam Bovenstad

In de 18e eeuw werd het leven van de in de Benedenstad wonende Europeanen steeds ondragelijker, de grote rivier de Tjiliwoeng die door de stad stroomde, begon steeds meer te stinken, je mag zelf raden waardoor. Ook zakte het waterpeil steeds verder door dichtslibben van de rivier monding.

Een citaat uit dit verhaal:

The Earliest Netherland Oost Indie revenue

The Ned Oost Indie Revenue  sheet , embosed noncolour , nominal:

Quater G


half G


,one G


,one and  half


two Gld


,four Gld


Six Gld


and 12 guilders.



In 1880, the first major railroad between Jakarta to Bandung was opened, boosting light industry and bringing in Chinese workers.








Ordonasi Reveneu


the new order of Revenue stamped in 1885 had changed to the newe order”ordonatie op de heffing van Zege recht van nederlandch Indie” in this ordonatie there were practise revenue with the same (seragam) Reveneu from one and half G and from 10 cent.This ordonatie still used until the new ordonatie in 1921. please look at the regulation in Indonesia language below,








Leasing certificate (Surat Hutang ) 600 gld, uncolour embosed revenue sheet  one and half gld,1893 added revenue ovpt 10 cent on 5 cent nedl.oost revenue for countersign(tanda tangan pengesahan)






Ciujung in 1885 by Woodbury & Page




All the uncolour embosed Revenue  in complete Document :

a.Land Certificate (Eigendom) Bought,consist three uncolour embosed revenue sheet 12 gld, 2 gld and 1 gld , courter sign by the land of justice Soerabaja 1894












2.11.1888 Dutch East indie(DEI) first issued revenue stamp 5 cent , please report the earliest used and another high nominal revenue issued like 10 gld .



The latset used of five cent nedl Oost Indie  Revennue stamp in 1889











During the 19th century the KNIL recruited Dutch volunteers, European mercenaries of other nationalities (especially Germans, Belgians and Swiss).[15] During the protracted Aceh War the numbers of European troops were kept to 12,000 but continued Achenese resistance necessitated the deployment of up to 23,000 indigenous soldiers (mainly from Java, Ambon, and Manado).[16] Even slaves of the Ashanti (an African tribe from the present Ghana) were recruited in limited numbers for service in the East Indies (see Belanda Hitam).[17] The ratio of foreign and indigenous troops to those of Dutch origin was reported to be 60% to 40%. After the Aceh War, the enlistment of non-Dutch European troops ceased and the KNIL came to consist of Dutch regulars recruited in the Netherlands itself, Indonesians, Indos (Eurasians), and Dutch colonists living in the East Indies and undertaking their military service.

It was against the law to send Dutch conscripts from the Netherlands to the Netherlands East Indies but Dutch volunteers continued to enlist for colonial service. In 1890 a Colonial Reserve (Koloniale Reserve) was established in the Netherlands itself to recruit and train these volunteers and to re-integrate them into Dutch society upon the conclusion of their overseas service(wiki)











On July 16, 1895, the Pasteur Institute was established.



Tombolouh Tribe at Minahasa

in Patola Tucher dressed and KELANA behangt, like those of WALIAN (

religious leaders)Plate X Fig 1





Antique Map Collections

Bali (Indonesia)
De Bry, Theodor


Contrasantung der Insel Baln 27

Frankfurt, de Bry 1598-1613 [13,8 x 17,8 cm]
Copper engraving, uncolored as published.
In excellent condition.
[Stock No.:22351]



Thailand, Birma & Andaman Sea
Servet, Michael

Tabula XI Asiae.

Lyon, Servet 1535 [37,3 x 50,3 cm]
Early woodcut map of the East Indies, published in the Ptolemy edition by M. Servet, showing Southeast Asia with Thailand, Burma and the Malaysian Archipel. The paper with watermark anchor in a circle. The cartographic woodblock was published here in 1535 by Michael Trechsel in Lyon and contained text by Michael Servetus. The paper with watermark anchor in a circle. The map is illustrated on the reverse side with descriptive text in Latin and a decorative woodblock border, probably by Hans Holbein, who was working at that time in Basle. An early decorative woodcut map of the Indian Ocean and its adjacenting regions of the gulf of Siam, Central Asia with the Ganges Delta and the region north of it towards the Himalayas. An early and interesting map depicting the northern part of the East Indies. With engraved place names, where cities are shown as small schematic engraved woodcut town views, further with engraved rivers and the mountains are shown mainly as schematic chains.
A strong and even impression on the full paper sheet as published. A minor very skillful restoration in the upper and lower centre fold. In very good to excellent condition.
[Stock No.:25235]
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Bali (Indonesia)
De Bry, Theodor

Contrasantung der Insel Baln 27

Frankfurt, de Bry 1598-1613 [13,8 x 17,8 cm]
Copper engraving, uncolored as published.
In excellent condition.
[Stock No.:22351]
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East Indies
Mercator, Gerard

India Orientalis

Amsterdam, I.E. Cloppenburgh, 1632 [19 x 26 cm]
Copper engraving, uncolored as published. A fine copy in a dark impression, full margins as published. This is the first so-called Cloppenburgh editions which was a competive edition with new engraved maps in a larger format. Most of the maps were engraved by Pieter van den Keere. The Cloppenburgh edition was continued for a couple of years but seems to have been suppressed after 1636 … . This is another Cloppenburgh edition, now with Latin text. The maps from the Appendix have been incorporated. The title-page is followed by a dedication to Prince Frederik Hendrik, dated 1632 and signed by Johannes Cloppenburgh. (Koeman Atlantes Neerlandici).
In excellent condition. Koeman, ME 200
[Stock No.:20858]
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Southeast Asia
Jansonnius, Joan. & Hondius, Hendric

Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio

Amsterdam, Joan. Janssonius. 1638 [39,3 x 50,5 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in outline when published. Decorative map of the East Indies by J. Jansson, first published in Amsterdam 1630. An important map for Southeast Asia and the discovery of Australia. New Guinea is marked as ‘Duyfkens Eyland’, the (Is)land next to it is called ‘Nieu Zeelandt’. The island Duyfkens is named after the ship ‘Duyfken’, which discovered Australia.
In excellent condition. Koeman I [8500:1B] Latin text edition.
[Stock No.:24657]
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Maluku Islands (Spice Islands)
Blaeu, Joan & Guiljelmus

Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae.

Amsterdam, G. & J. Blaeu. 1640-43 [37,5 x 48,8 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash. A highly decorative map of the so-called ‘Spice Islands’, equipped with two highly decorative cartouches, one of them with an inset map of ‘Bachian Island’. Further on this map is highly decorated with sailing ships, sea monsters and compass roses in the sea. A very good example published in a Latin text edition of the ‘Atlas Novus’, wide full margins and outstanding hand coloring.
In excellent condition. Koeman II [8560:2.2]
[Stock No.:12745]
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Molucc Islands
Janssonius, Joan.

Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descritio

Amsterdam, Joan. Janssonius. 1640 [38,5 x 50 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in outline when published. Sea chart of the Molucca Islands, the so-called ‘Spice Islands’. The map is very detailed showing the Islands with its plantations further the map is equipped with sailing ships and sea monsters in the ocean.
In very good to excellent condition. The paper minor toned.
[Stock No.:14279]
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Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
Rossi, Giovanni Iacomo

Penisola Dell India di la dal Gange Diusa ne i Regni, che in essasi contengono et accresciuta di varie notizie. Da Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola e conforme le Relationi di alcuni Padri della Compa di Giesu di Monsu Tavernier, Mandeslo e d`altri Illustri Viaggiatori del nostro Secolo. Data in Luce da Gio: Giaco de Rossi in Roma alla Pce con priu del Sommo Pont. 1683.

Roma, Gio. Iacomo Rossi 1683 [52,5 x 40,5 cm]
Copper engraving, uncolored as published. Detailed rare map of Malaysia, Sumatra, Malakka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. A highly detailed map of Southeast Asia with detailed engraved place names, rivers, political border, mountains and lakes. Fine engraved map by Giacomo Cantelli (1643-95) based on the cartographic source after Melchior Tavernier. This map was engraved by Franciscus Doria. The cartographer of this map is Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola (1643-1695), he worked in Modena in Italy and published many maps in Giovanni Iacomo Rossi’s atlas in Rome.
In excellent condition.
[Stock No.:24202]
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Southeast Asia
Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria

Isole Dell’ Indie, divise in Filippine, Molucche, e della Sonda, Descritte, e Dedicate Dal P. Coronelli …

Venice, V. Coronelli 1689 [45 x 60 cm]
Fine copper-engraving, uncolored as published. Large and detailled engraved map showing Southeast Asia from the Andaman Sea with Thailand in the northwest towards the northwestern coast of Australia (Nuova Hollanda) in the southeast. The map itself covers Sumatra, Borneo, the Philipines and other places in Southeast Asia very accurately. The map was published in Coronelli’s ‘Atlante Veneto’. It is ornated with a decorative title cartouche showing (sea)-cherubs holding a coat of arm. The title cartouche contains as well the dedication to the Venice royal house. In the upper right corner we find another decorative cartouche with a mileage scale. The engraving contains many details like small villages or cities, rivers, mountains and details on the coast line with its small islands and its bays.
A strong impression in excellent condition.
[Stock No.:16978]
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Van der Aa, Pieter

D’Oost-Indize landschappen, zeen en eylanden, door de Portugysen en anderen ontdekt en bevaren.

Leiden, Van der Aa 1706-08 [15,5 x 28 cm]
Original copper-engraving, uncoloured as published. The famous Dutch publisher and mapmaker Pieter Van der Aa (1659 Leiden – 1733 Leiden) published ‘during the period 1882-1733, an enormous quantity of printed matter’ (Koeman). This map was actually published in the first edition of his travelbooks ‘Naauwkeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en landreysen na Oost en West-Indien’, in Leiden 1706-08.
2nd state of this map, with the engraved ‘Privilege’ below the lower borderline. Still a good and acceptable copy. On the full sheet as published, however minor cut within the upper engraved borderline. The map was originally folded in this series, so that old folds are more or less visable.
[Stock No.:15564]
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Van der Aa, Pieter

De Moluccos, of speceri-dragende eilanden tussen Gilolo en Celebes gelegen.

Leiden, Van der Aa 1706-08 [15,6 x 22,7 cm]
Original copper-engraving, uncoloured as published. The famous Dutch publisher and mapmaker Pieter Van der Aa (1659 Leiden – 1733 Leiden) published ‘during the period 1882-1733, an enormous quantity of printed matter’ (Koeman). This map was actually published in the first edition of his travelbooks ‘Naauwkeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en landreysen na Oost en West-Indien’, in Leiden 1706-08.
Printed on the full sheet as published; the map was originally folded in this series, so that old folds are more or less visable.
[Stock No.:15607]
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Van der Aa, Pieter

Het eiland Java zoo als het sederd de tyden der Portugysen by de Ed. Oost-indize maatschappye bekend geworden en bevaren is.

Leiden, Van der Aa 1706-08 [15,7 x 23 cm]
Original copper-engraving, uncoloured as published. The famous Dutch publisher and mapmaker Pieter Van der Aa (1659 Leiden – 1733 Leiden) published ‘during the period 1882-1733, an enormous quantity of printed matter’ (Koeman). This map was actually published in the first edition of his travelbooks ‘Naauwkeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en landreysen na Oost en West-Indien’, in Leiden 1706-08.
Printed on the full sheet as published; the map was originally folded in this series, so that old folds are more or less visable.
[Stock No.:15604]
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Molukken & Celebes
Van der Aa, Pieter

De Moluccos en andere speceri-eilanden in d’oostindien.

Leiden, Van der Aa 1706-08 [15,9 x 23,5 cm]
Original copper-engraving, uncoloured as published. The famous Dutch publisher and mapmaker Pieter Van der Aa (1659 Leiden – 1733 Leiden) published ‘during the period 1882-1733, an enormous quantity of printed matter’ (Koeman). This map was actually published in the first edition of his travelbooks ‘Naauwkeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en landreysen na Oost en West-Indien’, in Leiden 1706-08.
On the full sheet as published, however minor cut within the upper engraved borderline. The map was originally folded in this series, so that old folds are more or less visable.
[Stock No.:15606]
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Moluccs / Gammalamm
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Stadt Gamenlamm – Gammalamme

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Decorative scene from the sea towards the city of Gammalamm in the Molucc islands.
In excellent condition.
[Stock No.:18528]
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Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Stadt Waradin. – Waradin.

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Bird’s eye view of the city of Waradin with its fortifications and the nearer surroundings.
In excellent condition.
[Stock No.:18533]
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Molucc Islands
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die malucesische Inselen. – Isle Molucque.

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Bird’s eye view of the Molucc Islands (Gammalamma, Ternate, Miterra, Tidoro, Pottebackers, Timor, Machian, Tabittola, Bachian and others). Decorative ornated with fireing canon sailing boats.
In excellent condition.
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Batavia – Jakarta
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Cutadel u Batavia – Citadelle de Batavia – Batavia – die Stadt Batavia.

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Decorative view of Batavia (Jakarta) from the sea with fireing canon boats in front of the port, above a small scene of the citadelle of Jakarta.
In excellent condition.
[Stock No.:18538]
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Sunda Islands
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Inselen von Sont gegen Orient. – Isles dela Sonde vers l’Orient.

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Small and decorative map of the Sunda Islands (Celebes, Timor, Banda, Ceran, etc.) with the neighbouring Borneo, Phillipines and Papua seen again East.
In excellent condition.
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Cocos Palms
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Balmen Beume – Palmiers

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Decorative scene of three large Cocos Palms with a plantage in the background.
In excellent condition.
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Mallet, Allain Manesson

Habitans des Isles dela Sonde – Von den Einwohnern der Insulen Sonde

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash.
In excellent condition.
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Mallet, Allain Manesson

Molvoques – Die Mohiebeser

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash.
In excellent condition.
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Larron Islands
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Inwohner der Diebs Inseln. – Habitans des Isles des Larrons

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Scene of two inhabitants of the Larron Islands.
In very good condition.
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Sunda Islands
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Inseln von Sonte gegen Occident – Isles de la sonde vers occident.

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in wash and outline. Small and decorative map of the Sunda Islands seen again West with Sumatra, Java, the neighboring gulf of Siam and Bengal and Borneo. Ornated with a maritime title cartouche.
In very good condition.
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Mallet, Allain Manesson

Habitans des Isles dela Sonde – Von den Einwohnern der Insulen Sonde

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash.
In excellent condition.
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Southeast Asia
Mallet, Allain Manesson

Die Inselen von Sonte gegen Orient. – Isles dela Sonde versi Orient

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in wash and outline.
In excellent condition.
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Borneo, Sumatra & Java
Ottens, Ioachim

Le Royaume de Siam Avec les Royaumes qui luy sont Tributaires, et Les Isles de Sumatra, Andemaon, etc. et les Isles Voisine Avec les Observations des Six Peres Jesuites Envojez par le Roy en Qualite de Ses Mathematiciens dans les Indes, et a la Chine ou est aussi Tracee. La Route qu’ils ont tenue par le Detroit de la Sonde Jusqu a Siam. A Amsterdam Chez Ioachim Ottens.

Amsterdam, Ottens 1730-45 [48,5 x 55,8 cm]
Copper engraving handcolored in outline when published. A strong and fine impressions of this detailled map of Sumatra, Borneo, Java and the Sunda islands. With many detailled engraved informations along the coastlines, names of villages, rivers, small islands, sand banks with depths, etc. Ship routes from Batavia to Siam are as well engraved. The map is equipped in the lower right right corner with a small milage scale.
A fine copy of this map, in original outline color and in a strong impression.
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Southeast Asia
Mortier, Cornelius & Covens, Jean

Carte des Indes et de la Chine.
Dressee sur plusieurs Relations particulieres Rectisiees par quelques Observations. Par Guillaume de L`Isle de l’Academie Royale des Sciences. A. Amsterdam chez Iean Covens et Corneille Mortier.
Amsterdam, Covens, I. & Mortier, C. 1745 [65 x 62,8 cm]
Contemporary colored in outline. Decorative and detailed map of Southeast Asia.
Left margin cut close into the engraved border. The map was originally published folded, so that the old folds are still slightly visible. Still in very good condition.
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Molucc Islands
Bellin, Nicolaus

Besondere Karte von den Moluckischen Eylanden.

Leipzig, Merkur 1752 [21,5 x 15,5 cm]
Copper engraving, decorative handcolored in wash and outline. A fine and detailed map showing the little Molucc Islands Ternate, Miterra, Tidor, Pottebackers, Timor (Mothir), Machian, Manen and Bachian located nearby the island of Gilolo. With engraved place names on the map, as well a few anchor places or other small detaills are engraved. Below the title a small mileage scale. Detailled and interesting map engraved by Bellin after earlier voyages.
In excellent condition.
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Philippines & Southeast Asia
Bonne, M.

La Presqu`Isle de L’Inde – au dela du Gange, avec L`Archpel des Indes. Partie Orientale. – Par M. Bonne, Ingenieur-Hydrographe de la Marine.

Paris, M. Bonne 1771 [34,7 x 23,5 cm]
Copper-engraving, decorative handcolored in outline and wash. Decorative map of Southeast Asia by the French cartographer Bonne showing the Phillipines, Borneo, the Celebe islands, Indonesia and the Mollucces. Many of the islands a named and with a few place names equipped.
In excellent condition.
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Awatska (Kamtschatka), Macao & Japan
Bonne, Rigobert

Plan du Haure de St. Pierre et St. Paul. – Plan de la Baye D`Awatska, sur la Cote Orientale. Du Kamtschatka. – Plan du Typa ou de Macao. – Partie du Japon ou Nipon.

Paris, M. Bonne 1785 [34,5 x 23,5 cm]
Copper engraving, uncolored as published.
In excellent condition.
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East Indies
Reinecke, I.C.M.

Charte von Ostindien Diesseits und Jenseits des Ganges nach den neuesten astronom. Beobachtungen auch andern sichern Huelfsmitteln neu entworfen und nach der lezten Zertheilung des Mysorischen Reichs berichtiget von I.C.M. Reinecke. Weimar im Verlage des Geograph. Instituts. revidirt im Aug. 1804.

Weimar, Geographisches Institut 1804 [47,1 x 86 cm]
Copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash when published.
In excellent condition.
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Street of Malaka
Petermann, A.

Karte von Malaka und Naning, nach Aufnahmen und andern Quellen gez. von A. Petermann. – Der Dieksand oder Friederichs-Koog, nach der Aufnahme von Wiechers u. Kroehnke gez. von A. Petermann

Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1857 [24,7 x 19,3 cm]
Lithograph, original hand color in outline.
In excellent condition.
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Petermann, A.

Orographisch_physikalische Karte von Java. Die Grundlage nach der grossen Karte von Dr. F. Junghuhn,
Die Hoehenverhaeltnisse nach allen bisherigen hypsometrischen Messungen von: Blueme, Lange, Forsten, Hasskarl, Herwer, Hoerner, Jukes, Junghuhn, Maier, Melvill, Mueller, Reinwardt, Smits, Zollingen u. a. – Von A. Petermann
Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1860 [24,7 x 42,6 cm]
Lithograph, original color in outline and wash.
In excellent condition.
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Petermann, A.

Die suedlichen Batta-Laender auf Sumatra. Hauptsaechlich nach Angaben und Zeichnungen Rheinischer Missionare, (namentlich Chr. Leipoldt & W. Heine) & des Ingenieurs Nagel. – Unter Redaktion von A. Petermann.

Gotha, Justus Perthes 1876 [36,1 x 22,9 cm]
Original lithograph, handcolored in outline and wash when published. The map shows the southern ‘Batta countries’ on Sumatra, after notes of missionares from Germany, mainly Chr. Leipoldt & W. Heine and the Ing. Nagel. With an inset map of the mission regions.
In excellent condition. The map was originally folded, so that the old folds are still slightly visable.
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Veth, D.D.

Originalkarte des mittleren Sumatra zur Uebersicht der Wissenschaftlichen Expedition 1877 bis 1879. – Mit Benutzung der Aufnahmen von Schouw Santvoort, Cornelissen & Makkini – gezeichnet von D. D. Veth. Mitglied der Expedition

Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1880 [38,1 x 58,2 cm]
Original lithograph in colors, printed in colors and handcolored in outline. Detailled map of central Sumatra, providing an overview of the scientific expedition 1877-79. Using the mappings by Schouw Santvoort, Cornelissen and Makkink. The map is providing an enormous amount on information on the river system, the mountains and trails in Sumatra. A detailled map.
In excellent condition. The map was originally folded, so that the old folds are still slightly visable.
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Island Saleijer
Petermann, A.

Originalkarte der Insel Saleijer im Ostindischen Archipel. – Aufgenommen u. gezeichnet von H. E. D. Engelhard.

Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1886 [52,6 x 20,3 cm]
Lithograph, original color in outline and wash.
In excellent condition.
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Petermann, A.

Karte der Alluvial-Bildungen in Bancka. – Von Dr. Th. Posewitz.

Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1886 [19,3 x 24,2 cm]
Lithograph, original color in outline and wash.
In excellent condition.
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Celebes Island
Petermann, A.

Topographische Skizze aus dem Ostarm der Insel Celebes
Aufgenommen im Februar und Maerz 1905 von Dr. J. Wagner
Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1914 [41,5 x 38,7 cm]
Lithograph, original color as published.
In excellent condition. The map was originally published folded, so that the old folds are still slightly visible.
[Stock No.:19242]
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Molucc Islands
Petermann, A.

Die Molukkeninsel Misol
Aufgenommen von O. D. Tauern August bis Oktober 1911 – Gezeichnet unter Benutzung der niederlaendischen Seekarten.
Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1915 [37,8 x 46,6 cm]
Lithograph, hand colored in outline when published. This decortative map shows the Molucc island Misol. Inside the map are many rivers and mountains shown. At the bottom we look at a panorama from Djawaplolo at Fanfanlolo.
In excellent condition. The map was originally published folded, so that the old folds are still slightly visible.
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President of Javasche bank

25/03/1899 – 18/02/1906 J. Reijsenbach
Reijsenbach was President of the Javasche Bank from March 25, 1899. After the Eight Exclusive Right was established, Reijsenbach resigned and was honorably discharged per February 28, 1906. Reijsenbach died on December 1, 1918.






(1)  6.5.1899(earliest date)




.1900  NED.INDIE REVENUE STAMP 10 CENT  DEI 2nd issued revenue , (please report the HIGNHEST NOMINAL )


: From the arrival of the first Dutch ships in the late sixteenth century, Dutch control over the Indonesian archipelago was tenuous.


Although parts of Java were under Dutch domination for most of the 350 years of the combined VOC and Dutch East Indies era, many areas remained independent for much of this time including






, and




It was not until the early 20th century, that Dutch dominance was extended across what was to become the territory of modern-day Indonesia. There were numerous wars and disturbances across the archipelago as various indigenous groups resisted efforts to establish a Dutch hegemony, which weakened Dutch control and tied up its military forces.




The submission of Prince Diponegoro to General De Kock at the end of the Java War in 1830


In 1806, with the Netherlands under French domination, Napoleon appointed his brother, Louis to the Dutch throne which led to the 1808 appointment of Marshall Herman Willem Daendels to Governor General of the Dutch East Indies.[9]


In 1811, British forces occupied several Dutch East Indies ports including Java and Thomas Stamford Raffles became Lieutenant Governor.


Dutch control was restored in 1816.[10]


Under the 1824 Anglo-Dutch Treaty, the Dutch secured British settlements in Indonesia, such as Bengkulu in Sumatra, in exchange for ceding control of their possessions in the Malay Peninsula and Dutch India. The resulting borders between British and Dutch possessions remain between Malaysia and Indonesia. As exploitation of Indonesian resources expanded off Java, most of the outer islands came under direct Dutch government control or influence. Significant Indonesian piracy remained a problem for the Dutch until the mid-19th century.[7]


The Dutch subjugated the Minangkabau of Sumatra in the Padri War (1821–38)


the Java War (1825–30) ended significant Javanese resistance.[11]


. After failed expeditions to conquer Bali in 1846 and 1848, an 1849 interventionbrought northern Bali under Dutch control.


The Banjarmasin War (1859–1863) in southeast Kalimantan resulted in the defeat of the Sultan













Father van der Grinten was the head pastor of the Catholic Church of Batavia – the first Catholic church in Batavia – located at the corner of Lapangan Banteng (a large open square situated in an European enclave and formerly known as Waterloopein).


It was built over the former residence of the Dutch East Indies military commander General Hendrik Merkus de Kock (who later was made Baron for his triumph over Prince Diponegoro in the Java war).

The church was inaugurated on 6 November 1829 and blessed by the head pastor at that time, Father L. Prinsen,  as “The Church of Our Lady of Assumption”. It measured 35 long by 17 metres wide, consisted of a large hall with rows of pillars on either side in the neo-gothic style, a common architectural style for churches at the time. Father van der Grinten lived in the priest’s residence on the east wing of the church, while the sacristan lived in the west wing.




In 1840 Batavia had 537, and, in 1880, 1015 inhabitants



The KNIL was involved in many campaigns against indigenous groups in the Netherlands East Indies including crushing the final resistance of Bali inhabitants to colonial rule in 1849,




Cafe Batavia


a building in the old Jakarta city area just across the square of Fatahillah, the main attraction is the interior. It was constructed between 1805-1850, and underwent a renovation in 1993. The Cafe Batavia  was established in 1930.


The Postal history used cover from Honolulu hawai via manila to Batavia.

Postmarks front and back of this cover are Honolulu, March 11, 1852, Manila, May 19 and June 17, Hong Kong, June 21, Canton, July 2 along with a Canton PAID mark, and again Hong Kong on July 22. This cover, addressed to Batavia via a forwarder in Canton, was carried to Manila by the Bremen bark Ceres, departing April 3, 1852. The letter next went from Manila to Hong Kong and paid a single letter rate of 4 pence (represented by the black “4” over the Honolulu postmark). At Hong Kong, the letter was sent to the forwarder in Canton at another 4 pence rate (represented by the red “4” in the upper left corner). The forwarder crossed out his name, paid postage to Singapore (1 shilling represented by a red squiggle over the Honolulu postmark) and sent it back down to Hong Kong. From Hong Kong, the letter was carried to Singapore by the P&O steamship Malta (July 23 departure; July 31 arrival) under British mail contract, and then to Batavia by local shipping. The “48” is said to represent a Batavia local rate, typically written with the same type of ink


the famous “Batavia Cover” shown below.






Dirk Anthonius Varkevisser, an official of the Dutch East Indies government, was born in Samarang (present-day Semarang in Central Java) on 11th July 1800 and passed away on 4th January 1857 in Batavia. He was the former Dutch resident of Pasuruan (in east Java, near to the city of Surabaya), and he was also knighted and conferred the Order of the Netherlands Lion, a Dutch order awarded to eminent individuals from all walks of life, including generals, ministers, mayors, leading scientists, industrialists and high ranking civil servants, among others



Photograph of night watchmen in Batavia by Isidore van Kinsbergen, 1865


Painting of Mount Merapi erupting in 1865, by Raden Saleh


In 1866 ,




Bickmore stories …

Prof. Albert S. Bickmore was traveling in Sumatra, he saw not a little of these people, and he believed then that the place where their aboriginal civilization sprang up was very likely on the shores of that famous Sumatran lake, Lake Toba, and upon the neighboring plateau of Silindung. From this locality they gradually occupied an extensive domain in the in- terior, which was extended upon either side to the seacoast. Eventually, however, the Malays spread along the coast line, and thus confined the Battaks once more to the interior.


The origin of the Battas is doubtful

Battas or Dutch Battaks, the inhabitants of the formerly independent Batta country, in the central highlands of Sumatra, now for the most part subjugated to the Dutch government. The still independent area extends from 9 8 °-99° 35′ E., and 2°-3° 25′ S. North-east of Toba Lake dwell the Timor Batta [ Batak Timur = Simalungun now, red], and west of it the Pakpak [Dairi, red ], but on its north (in the mountains which border on the east coast residency) the Karo Batta [ Batak Karo , red ] form a special group, which, by its dialects and ethnological character, appears to be allied to the Gajus [ suku Gayo , red ] and Alias [suku Alas : red] occupying the interior of Achin [Aceh : red ].

The origin of the Battas is doubtful. It is not known whether they were settled in Sumatra before the Hindu period. Their language contains words of Sanskrit origin and others referable to Javanese, Malay and Tagal influence. Their domain has been doubtless much curtailed, and their absorption into the Achin and Malay population seems to have been long going on.

Battas are physically quite different from the Malay type

The Battas are undoubtedly of Malayan stock, and by most authorities are affiliated to that Indonesian pre-Malayan race which peopled the Indian Archipelago, expelling the aboriginal negritos, and in turn themselves submitting to the civilized Malays. In many points the Battas are physically quite different from the Malay type. The average height of the men is 5 ft. 4 in.[± 160-170 cm , red ]; of the women 4 ft. 8 in [± 130 – 140 cm , red ].


The Battas are dirty in their dress and dwellings and eat any kind of food

In general build they are rather thickset, with broad shoulders and fairly muscular limbs. The colour of the skin ranges from dark brown to a yellowish tint, the darkness apparently quite independent of climatic influences or distinction of race. The skulll is rather ovall than round. In marked contrast to the Malay type are the large, black, longshaped eyes, beneath heavy, black or dark brown eyebrows. The cheek-bones are somewhat prominent, but less so than among the Malays. The Battas are dirty in their dress and dwellings and eat any kind of food, though they live chiefly on rice. They are remarkable as a people who in many ways are cultured and possess a written language of their own, and yet are cannibals.
Battaks have long been notorious for the most revolting forms of cannibalism
The more civilized of them around Lake Toba are good agriculturists and stock-breeders, and understand iron-smelting. They weave and dye cotton, make jewellery and krisses which are often of exquisite workmanship, bake pottery, and build picturesque chalet-like houses of two storeys. They have an organized government, hereditary chiefs, popular assemblies, and a written civil and penal code. There is even an antiquated postal; system, the letter-boxes being the hollow tree trunks at crossroads. Yet in spite of this comparative culture the Battas have long been notorious for the most revolting forms of cannibalism. ( see: Memoirs of the Life, &c., of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1830.)

Battaks is mainly confined to a belief in three gods concept

The Battas are the only lettered people of the Indian Archipelago who are not Mahommedans. Their religion is mainly confined to a belief in evil spirits, but they recognize three gods, a Creator, a Preserver and a Destroyer, like a trinity suggestive of Hindu influence.
Up to the publication of Dr H. N. van der Tuuk’s essay, Over schrift en uitspraak der Tobasche taal (1855), our knowledge of the Batta language was confined to lists of words more or less complete, chiefly to be found in W. Marsden’s Miscellaneous Works, in F. W. Junghuhn’s Battalander, and in the Tijdschrift van het Bataviaasch Genootschap, vol. iii. (1855). By his exhaustive works (Bataksch Leesboek, in 4 vols., 1861-1862; Batakschnederduitsch Woordenboek, 1861; Tobasche Spraakkunst, 1864-1867) van der Tuuk made the Batta language the most accessible of the various tongues spoken in Sumatra.


Batta is poor in general terms, but abounds in terms for special objects

According to him, it is nearest akin to the old Javanese and Tagal, but A. Schreiber (Die Battas in ihrem Verheiltnis zu den Malaien von Sumatra, 1874) endeavoured to prove its closer affinity with the Malay proper. Like most languages spoken by less civilized tribes, Batta is poor in general terms, but abounds in terms for special objects. The number of dialects is three, viz. the Toba, the Mandailing and the Dairi dialects; the first and second have again two subdivisions each.
The Battas further possess six peculiar or recondite modes of speech, such as the Hata Andung, or language of the wakes, and the Hata Poda or the soothsayer’s language.
A fair acquaintance with reading and writing is very general among them.
Battaks’s alphabet is said, with the Rejang and Lampong alphabets, to be of Indian origin.
The language is written on bark or bamboo staves from bottom to top, the lines being arranged from left to right. The literature consists chiefly in books on witchcraft, in stories, riddles, incantations, &c., and is mostly in prose, occasionally varied by verse.’
See also “Reisen nach dem Toba See,” Petermanns Mitteil. (1883); Modigliani, Fra i Batacchi indipendenti (Rome, 1892); Neumann, “Het Paneen Bilastroomgebiad,” Tydschr. Aardr. Gen., 1885-1887; Van Dijk in the same periodical (1890-1895); Wing Easton in the Jaarboek voor het Mynwezen, 1894; Niemann in the Encyclopaedia van Nederlandsch-Indie, under the heading Bataks, with very detailed bibliography; Baron J. v. Brenner, Besuch bei den Kannibalen Sumatras (Wurzburg, 1893); H. Breitenstein, 21 Jahre in Indien, Java, Sumatra (Leipzig, 1899-1900); G. P. Rouffaer, Die BatikKunst in niederlcindisch-Indien and ihre Geschichte (Haarlem, 1899).



House in Batavia, from Le Tour du Monde, 1879




Solok Maastricht Petrus regout Plate  decoration motif 1878











Minang King Adhytiawarman Tomb Batoesangkat in 1879








Adhytiawarna Script stone (batoe Basoerek) Batoesangkar in 1879




Istana Pagarroejoeng scriptstone Batoesangkar in 1879





Pantjar Matahari(Zonnebloemen of Lotus) of Minang King Tom(Koeboeran rajo) Batoesangkar in 1879

Compare with Batu Basurek Batusangkar now below



Batu Basurek is a stone with inscriptions in the old Palava script of India, bearing the legend of Adityawarman in the year 1347. Literally, “Batu Basurek” itself means “The Written Stone”.

The stone’s 25 cm wide, 80 cm high, and 10 cm thick. Erected above King Adityawarman’s resting place centuries ago, this stone was rediscovered in December 16th, 1880.

The inscription told about Adityawarman’s heritages. Due to his services to Majapahit Kingdom, Adityawarman became a king in Dharmasraya and moved his kingdom from Siguntur Sawahlunto to Pagaruyung










Hotel Sumatra Padang ca 1880








Tugu Michelspielen 1880



Landscape near military Hospital Padang in 1880






According to the magazine in 1880, the city of Pariaman where ship port,like  the Port of Bengkulu and Sibolga

 (Said Zakaria,1930,Handwritten Document Book)


Klenteng padang

 In 1880









muara padang 1880





Native Boat called Perahu at Muara Batang Arau Padang in 1880






Appenberg(gunung Monyet) 1880






Teloek bajoer emma haven in 1880

House at Padang in 1880







Loeboek Parakoe Indarung Padang 1880


Padang solok railways




Kampung Tengah padang pandjang 1880




Singkarak lake train and road bridge in 1880








 Anai Valley Waterfalls in 1880








Arau Valley waterfalls in 1880

3. Jembatan di Silungkang Sawah Lunto (sekarang jalan lintas sumatera )


 silungkang bridge in 1880





Padang Pandjang 1880










Lubuk Bagalung 1880










Pulau pisang(Banana Island) Padang 1880





Penjual limun(buah)


Pariaman City in 1880


Manindjaoe Lake  Women 1880



Ombilin Coal mine Sawahloento Landscape 1880
















Coal mine Ombilin Sawahloento Workers in 1880













Kajoetanam 1880











Merapi mount crater in 1887














Fort van der Capellen batoesangkar sketch in 1826

House in Padang ca 1826






Fort van der Capellen Batoesangkar in 1829








pada tahun 1833 bergabunglah Kaum Adat bersama Kaum Padri dan berbalik melawan Belanda


Lihat Dr Iwan CD-ROM

Padang West Sumatera History Collections

Part Minang Kabau



Merapi Mount Agam crater sketch in 1839 By Muller








Muara padang 1856








 Old fort van der capellen Batoesangkar’s Commandat House in 1859









Kotogadang Man






Koto Nan ampek Pajakoemboeh in 1870


Pedagang Ayam Keliling Masa Kolonial


Pedagang ayam keliling di Jawa 1867 (Koleksi:

Mengulas aktifitas masyarakat tempo dulu selalu menarik walaupun dengan sedikit keterbatasan dalam hal data sejarah. Tetapi memang seharusnya bahwa setiap individu, kelompok masyarakat memiliki sejarah sendiri dan layak untuk ditulis walaupun tidak mendetail. Atau dapatlah kita sebut sebagai serpihan, puzzle, potongan yang akan melengkapi bagaimana masa lalu bergerak dan digerakkan. Sejarah memang tidak seharusnya dikuasai oleh tokoh-tokoh besar tanpa memberi ruang bagi masyarakat kecil untuk ditulis. Mungkin mereka tidak terlalu berarti bagi perubahan besar sejarah manusia tetapi setidaknya mereka berarti bagi dirinya sendiri dan lingkungan sekitarnya. Maka tidak heran bahwa keberadaan masyarakat yang beraktifitas secara individu sering terlewatkan. Padahal aktifitas tersebut hingga saat ini masih bisa kita lihat.

Bila kita amati lagi bahwa aktifitas masyarakat terutama dalam bidang ekonomi memiliki profesi yang begitu luas terutama dalam hal perdagangan. Mereka memiliki spesifikasi yang berbeda dengan produk yang berbeda. Pedagang ayam keliling merupakan salah satunya. Mereka tidak semata-mata beraktifitas sebagai pedagang saja tetapi terkadang aktifitas mereka juga mencakup aktifitas peternakan. Peternakan ayam yang mereka kelola biasanya berada di belakang rumah dengan kandang dari bambu dan dalam skala yang kecil. Usaha peternakan ayam merupakan upaya dari penambahan penghasilan keluarga.


Pedagang ayam keliling di Jawa 1870 (Koleksi:

Beberapa ayam yang telah cukup umur mereka jual dengan berkeliling desa ataupun dibawa ke pasar dengan pikulan. Mereka menawarkan ayam tersebut kepada keluarga-keluarga yang mampu yang biasanya kaum bangsawan, saudagar ataupun masyarakat Eropa. Selain dari rumah ke rumah beberapa desa juga terkadang memiliki pasar khusus hewan yang dibuka pada hari-hari tertentu. Para pedagang ayam berkumpul dipasar ini untuk memperjualkan hasil ternak mereka. Perhatikan foto koleksi kitlv di atas yang menampilkan pedagang ayam dengan pikulan dan kurungan yang terbuat dari bambu sedang menawarkan dagangannya kepada nyonya Eropa disebelah kanannya. Foto yang satu menampilkan seorang laki-laki tua dengan pikulan yang berisi ayam, lewat didepan sebuah rumah yang cukup besar, kemungkinan rumah Eropa ataupun bangsawan dan tentunya untuk menawarkan hasil ternaknya.

Di daerah pedesaan aktifitas pedagang ayam keliling ini masih sering terlihat dan biasanya sudah tidak memakai pikulan untuk membawa ayam-ayam tersebut tetapi dengan kendaraan sepeda motor berbronjong. Pasar hewan juga masih bertahan hingga sekarang begitu juga dengan hari pasarannya. Ada perubahan tetapitidak terlalu esensial, tetap mereka disebut pedagang ayam keliling


Penjual Sepatu Masa Kolonial Belanda


Penjual Sepatu atau Tukang Sol Sepatu di Jawa 1870 (Koleksi:

Melihat dan membaca buku Olivier Johannes (Pekerdja di Djawa Tempo Doeloe, Published 2013 by Galang Pustaka) mengenai pekerjaan masyarakat Hindia Belanda masa lampau yang terekam dalam kartu pos memang menarik dan apa yang dihadirkan merupakan pekerjaan-pekerjaan yang menggambarkan masyarakat kecil pada umumnya. Pedagang merupakan pekerjaan yang umum yang dilakukan oleh masyarakat, selain bertani dan penjual jasa. Tak dipungkiri lagi ketiga aktivitas tersebut merupakan aktivitas manusia sejak masa lampau dan terus berkembang sebagai mata pencaharian masyarakat dalam bidang ekonomi.

Berkembangnya masyarakat di Hindia Belanda menuju masyarakat modern pada akhir abad ke-19 dan awal abad ke-20 yang ditandai dengan masuknya berbagai pemikiran dan produk-produk modernitas telah mengubah wajah Hindia Belanda masa kolonial. Masyarakat mulai bergeser mengikuti perkembangan jaman melalui pemakaian produk-produk modern terutama kaum bangsawan. Mulai dari pendidikan, gaya hidup, gaya berpakaian dan salah satunya adalah pemakaian sepatu atau alas kaki. Sepatu dan alas kaki yang terbuat dari kulit merupakan barang mewah dan masih berupa produk tangan belum menjadi produk massal yang dibuat di pabrik seperti saat ini.

Pemakaian alas kaki merupakan kebiasaan yang diambil dari budaya luar oleh masyarakat, biasanya masyarakat bertelanjang kaki baik masyarakat umum maupun bangsawan. Kebiasaan memakai alas kaki baik sandal selop maupun sepatu memunculkan aktivitas jasa baru di masyarakat, yaitu jasa pembuatan sepatu atau tukang sepatu. Dalam foto koleksi KITLV ditampilkan bagaimana penjual sepatu sedang mengukur kaki seseorang yang akan membeli sepatu. Penjual sepatu ini merupakan penjual sepatu keliling atau kemungkinan juga ia merangkap sebagai tukang reparasi sepatu (biasanya disebut tukang sol sepatu). Tentunya pelanggan dari penjual atau tukang reparasi sepatu ini merupakan masyarakat Eropa dan bangsawan.

Kebiasaan mereparasi sepatu yang rusak oleh tukang reparasi sepatu (tukang sol sepatu) hingga kini masih ada. Biasanya mereka berkeliling kampung atau mangkal di pinggir jalan dengan sepasang kotak berisi alat-alat kerjanya yang terdiri dari benang, jarum dan juga alas sepatu. Pekerjaan masa lampau tidak selamanya hilang.









The church of Our Lady of Assumption at waterlooplein stood until 9 April 1890 when it collapsed due to old age and poor maintenance.

A new church was rebuilt in its place between 1891 and 1901 and today it stands as the Jakarta Cathedral. The church is acknowledged as an integral instrument for the spread of Roman Catholicism in Java during the 19th century.







Istana Kota batu Di Labuhan deli 1870


Kepala Di Timbang Langkat Sulong Barat( anak dari Dato’ jalil adik Dato’ Kecil) Paman Dato; Sunggal Badalluzaman Sri Ditraja mengumpulkan Pasukan untuk mengancam kesultan Deli   karena tidak merata pembagian lahan nanatra Kolonial dan Pribumi oleh sultan deli akibat sultan Mahmud dengan gampang memberikan tanah kepada maskapai Kolonialis.
Atas nama sultan Deli Belanda menurunkan pasukan untuk menahan perlawanan yang dilakukan sulong Barat, inilah awalnya timbul Perang Sunggal.



25 Oktober 1873 Sultan Mahmud mangkat dalam usia 44 tahun, dimakamkan dilingkungan mesjid Osmani di Labuhan deli ,Pada pemerintahan beliau dibbangundibangun istana Kota batu tepat didepan Mesjid osmani  dan beliau digantikan oleh Sultan Ma’mun Al Rasyid












The Driwan’s  Cybermuseum


Pedang Panjang Aceh Sumatera

Aceh (juga disebut sebagai Aceh, Atjin, Aceh Achin.) Berada di ujung utara Sumatera di Indonesia. Hal ini diyakini menjadi salah satu kerajaan tertua di Indonesia. Hindu dan Budha pengaruh dari India mungkin telah sampai ke Aceh pada awal abad pertama. abad keenam A. D. Tionghoa sejarah. berbicara tentang sebuah kerajaan di ujung utara Sumatera bernama Po-Li. Hal ini diyakini bahwa Islam mungkin pertama kali memasuki kepulauan Indonesia melalui Aceh suatu waktu antara abad ke-8 dan 12. Pada 1292, Marco Polo, pada pelayaran epik dari China mengunjungi Sumatera dalam perjalanan ke Persia dan melaporkan bahwa di bagian utara pulau setidaknya ada enam pelabuhan perdagangan sibuk termasuk Perlak, Samudera dan lambri. Dengan masa lalu seperti ini tidak mengherankan bahwa senjata mereka telah Hindu, Budha, pengaruh Cina dan Islam. Daerah ini memiliki sejarah bela diri yang luas. Pada pertengahan abad ke-14, Pasai diserbu oleh tentara Majapahit dari Jawa. Pada tahun 1523, Sultan Ali menyerang Portugis di Pasai, Portugal menewaskan komandan militer Horge de Brito. Sultan Ali berhasil mengusir pasukan Portugis dari Pasai. Setelah kekalahan ini, Portugal berusaha untuk menaklukkan beberapa kali di Aceh, tanpa keberhasilan. Pada 1873, Belanda menyatakan perang dan menyerang Aceh Darussalam. Tapi Belanda menemukan lebih sulit daripada mereka diharapkan untuk mendapatkan kontrol dari seluruh Aceh. Aceh menolak pendudukan, menyentuh dari Perang Aceh, perang kolonial / ekspedisi terpanjang diperjuangkan oleh lebih dari 10.000 jiwa Belanda dan mengklaim. Aceh-Belanda perang berlarut-larut sampai 1914, resistensi dilanjutkan dengan kelompok-kelompok kecil sampai 1942 ketika Jepang tiba di Hindia Belanda. Sudah sering dikatakan bahwa Kesultanan Aceh dari abad ke-16 pada itu dalam perjuangan terus-menerus. Meskipun banyak senjata bermata digunakan di Aceh ada 3 senjata utama yang telah memainkan peran dalam sejarah Aceh. Mereka adalah rencong, Siwaih (Siwah, Sewar, Siwar) dan peudeueng. Artikel ini akan berurusan dengan peudeueng tersebut. Ketika saya mendapatkan imformation lebih ini akan diperbarui dan jenis pedang yang lebih dapat ditambahkan. Tidak ada dalam ini harus dianggap sebagai pekerjaan baru atau asli di bagian saya. Sebaliknya ini adalah kompilasi dari apa yang begitu banyak orang telah berbaik hati untuk berbagi dengan saya, dan apa yang diterbitkan bahan yang saya telah dapat mengakses. Saya yakin ada ketidakakuratan di sini yang merupakan hasil dari kesalahan yang jujur. Mereka akan dikoreksi karena saya dibuat sadar dari mereka atau mencari informasi yang lebih baik. Itulah salah satu keuntungan besar artikel yang telah berbasis web. Tidak seperti kata dipublikasikan yang hanya dapat sebagai baik sebagai informasi pada saat penerbitan; artikel berbasis web dapat udated dan diubah.

The New York Times, pada 6 Mei 1873, menulis: “Sebuah pertempuran berdarah telah terjadi di Aceh, Kerajaan pribumi menempati bagian utara pulau Sumatra Belanda menyampaikan serangan umum dan sekarang kami memiliki rincian hasilnya. Serangan itu. jijik dengan pembantaian besar. jenderal Belanda tewas, dan tentara-Nya dimasukkan ke penerbangan bencana. Tampaknya, memang, telah harfiah hancur. “


Pedang panjang Aceh disebut peudeung tersebut. Meskipun pedang diberikan ke Aceh itu hampir pasti mereka digunakan juga oleh kelompok-kelompok etnis lain di daerah tersebut. Ada bukti penggunaannya sebagai senjata setidaknya sejauh kembali sebagai abad ke-17. Ini mungkin telah digunakan secara terpisah, dengan pedang ganda atau dengan perisai bulat kecil yang disebut sebuah peurise. Perlu dicatat bahwa pedang ini juga sering disebut dengan nama lain. Dalam buku referensi yang sangat lengkap, SENJATA TRADISIONAL DARI KEPULAUAN INDONESIA. oleh AG Van Zonneveld mereka disebut sebagai “aku Pedang” “Sikin Pasangan” dan “Sikin Panjang” Banyak sumber-sumber lain termasuk situs yang sangat baik Dominique Buttin yang menyebutnya sebagai “Sikin” (Sikim, Sikkim, Sekem). Dalam sebuah korespondensi dengan Dominique Buttin, ia memberitahu bahwa, “Peudeung namanya berarti pedang, yang merupakan arti sama dengan Podang dari Batak atau Pedang dari Jawa.” Sebuah masalah besar dengan memutuskan nama yang akan digunakan untuk ini pedang berasal dari fakta bahwa ada 10 kelompok subethnic dari acehnesse (seperti Aceh, Gayo, Alas, Aneuk Jamee, Melayu Tamiang, Kluet, Devayan, Sigulai, Haloban dan Julu) Disini Saya akan menggunakan istilah yang digunakan dalam sebagian besar sumber-sumber Belanda dan itu adalah “Peudeueng”. Sebuah tinjauan literatur tampaknya untuk membagi peudeueng oleh gaya pisau dan jenis jika gagang. Berbilah pedang lurus disebut peudeueng Panjang (sikin Panjang, sikin pandjang, loedjo Aceh,). Pisau melengkung peudeueng disebut peudeueng Peusangan (peudeueng Pasangan, sikin Peusangan, sikin pasagan, Pedang, poedeung).

Sebuah Panjang peudeueng dengan tumpang Hulu beunteung (Hulul Buaya)


Sebuah Peusangan peudeueng dengan Hulu meu APET


Sebuah Peusangan peudeueng dengan tumpang Hulu beunteung (HuluPasangan)



Divisi lain untuk Aceh pedang adalah dengan jenis atau bentuk gagang atau Hulu, Dalam “Hands of Time: Kerajinan Aceh”, oleh Barbara Leigh, 1989, Jakarta, ia menggambarkan mereka sebagai “gagang seperti ekor kucing”, “gagang seperti mulut buaya”, “gagang seperti tanduk rusa”, “gagang seperti kaki kuda”, dan “gagang seperti ekor bebek” Sementara semua ini dapat ditemukan di Aceh lainnya pedang, saya hanya menemukan 4 jenis Hulu pada peudeueng. Gagang yang terlihat seperti mulut terbuka hewan (atau buaya) disebut Hulu tumpang beunteung di Gayo atau Hulu Buaya di Aceh. Jenis gagang dapat dilihat pada kedua peudeueng Panjang dan peudeueng Peusangan. Dalam salah satu varian dari tips datang bersama-sama sampai mereka hampir menyentuh dengan ujung diratakan. Gaya Saya diberitahu oleh smith Aceh masih disebut Buaya Hulu tetapi beberapa buku juga menyebutnya Peusangan Hulu. Peusangan adalah nama sungai dan nama kecamatan di Bireuen, Aceh Jenis ketiga adalah biasanya terlihat hanya pada Panjang peudeueng disebut Rumpung Hulu.

a close up of a hulu tumpang beunteung (Hulu Pasangan)



dari dekat dari Hulu tumpang beunteung (Hulu Pasangan)


Sebuah Panjang peudeueng dengan rumpung Hulu

Keempat jenis gagang yang terlihat pada peudeueng disebut meu APET Hulu (Hulu Muapit di Gayo atau Sukul Mekepit di Alas). Hulu berarti gagang meu adalah kata kerja APET (jaga / kawal) berarti dijaga, maka ini hanya dapat berarti “gagang dijaga”. Beberapa sumber lain menyebutnya gagang Daun Tebu. Duan Daun Tebu Gula Tebu berarti dan ujung gagang ini dikatakan menyerupai tebu tumbuh. Para Hulu meu APET sangat mirip gagang pedang India terlihat pada Khanda dan firangi, tetapi lonjakan akhirnya adalah lebih pendek.

dari dekat dari meu suatu APET Hulu

Baru-baru ini Ariel Barkan, pada forum di, menyadari bahwa hal itu juga dipengaruhi oleh gagang Gulabghati India, dinamakan demikian karena disk atasnya memiliki garis-garis konsentris menyerupai bunga mawar, “gulab”. Lebih lanjut tentang ini gaya gagang dapat ditemukan di India dan Armour Senjata oleh GN Celana.


suatu Hulu meu APET LANGKA  terlihat dengan tombol pada akhir gagang, ini kadang-kadang disebut meutampoh Peudeueng. Mungkin ini harus dianggap sebagai gaya terpisah dari gagang






Albert G. Van Zonnenveld menyatakan dalam bukunya, bahwa Peusangan peudeueng dengan Hulu meu APET sebagian besar pembuatan asing dan tidak mendapatkan bantuan besar. Perasaan adalah bahwa karena itu varian ini mungkin sebagian besar seremonial. Itu mungkin benar hari ini, bagaimanapun, foto yang diambil selama perang Belanda-Aceh dapat ditemukan dengan pedang ini digunakan. Sementara spesimen hiasan dapat ditemukan, mayoritas Hulu meu APET saya jumpai atau melihat gambar yang dirancang untuk fungsi dan tidak terlalu banyak hiasan. Para sarung biasanya ditemukan dengan mereka yang juga agak keras. Spesimen dapat ditemukan dengan tanda-tanda kerusakan biasanya berhubungan dengan kerusakan pertempuran. Pedang dengan Hulu meu APET bahkan ditemukan pada beberapa pertempuran bendera. Selain contoh dari pedang dapat ditemukan dengan Azimat di dalamnya atau pada selubung untuk melindungi pembawa dalam pertempuran.


Bendera ini – secara harfiah – telah direndam dalam darah: penelitian laboratorium telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa bendera memiliki lubang peluru dan beruang noda darah. Ini mungkin darah CH letnan satu Bischoff. Dialah yang ditangkap bendera untuk jarahan selama penyerbuan sebuah ‘benteng’ (Melayu untuk benteng) yang diselenggarakan oleh musuh Achinese pada tahun 1840. Bischoff membayar petualangannya dengan sebelas luka yang ditimbulkan oleh klewangs musuh. Klewang awalnya pedang asli Aceh: ‘gliwang’. Menjelang akhir abad ke-19 itu menjadi fitur karakteristik seragam Belanda Hindia Timur prajurit. Pedang melebar di ujung pisau yang bersama-sama dengan pegangan, f

ORMS garis melengkung .. Dia dibawa terbungkus bendera. Beberapa hari kemudian, pada tanggal 3 Mei 1840, Bischoff meninggal karena luka-lukanya. Sebelum meninggal, ia dipromosikan ke pangkat kapten karena perbuatan heroik.

Foto bendera pertempuran di koleksi Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

 Sarung (Sarung) Para sarung untuk Peusangan peudeueng dengan Hulu meu APET biasanya kayu ditutupi dengan kulit. Beberapa dihiasi dengan perak banding. Sarung pedang untuk Peusangan peudeueng dengan tumpang Hulu beunteung dan peudeueng Panjang adalah dari kayu dan dapat ditemukan baik hiasan dan polos

Sebuah sarung khas untuk Peusangan peudeueng dengan Hulu meu APET


Sebuah sarung khas untuk Peusangan peudeueng dengan tumpang Hulu beunteung



Sebuah sarung untuk Panjang peudeueng



Sebuah sarung khas untuk Peusangan peudeueng dengan tumpang Hulu beunteung








Pada bulan Maret 2006 terungkap beberapa informasi tentang beberapa dari keyakinan spiritual dan ritual sekitarnya pedang ini. Tampaknya bahwa ada paralel dengan anting (atau anting-anting) yang digunakan pada senjata Filipina. Ini jimat disebut tangkal atau azimat / zimat atau jimat. Jimat ini berisi ayat-ayat pelindung atau ayat-ayat agama dari ayat-ayat Quran (mungkin lagi sebuah sejajar dengan praktek Filipina Oracion). Hal ini terungkap pada thread di Dalam diskusi ini tangkal atau azimat telah diposting yang berasal dari bawah tangan seorang penjaga Peusangan peudeueng dengan Hulu meu APET. Ini adalah area yang saya berharap untuk dapat melakukan penelitian lebih lanjut tentang temuan dan post di sini. Saya terima kasih kepada Fazli Ibrahim untuk membantu saya dengan informasi tentang ini.

Berikut adalah pedang yang azimat itu ditemukan di dalam dan kantong yang berisi hal




It’s purpose is to protect it’s wearer against “black magic” and evil spirits.


Beberapa gambar dari azimat dalam yang menangani pedang. Bagian antara 2 bintang dikenal sebagai Khatimus Sulaiman;.

Tujuan itu adalah untuk melindungi pemakainya itu terhadap “ilmu hitam” dan roh-roh jahat.

Beberapa Azimat lainnya dari Museum Nasional di Indonesia


Sebuah Azimat tertulis pada selubung dari Pa

njang Peudeung

Beberapa pedang Aceh memiliki motif vegatative di tenggorokan Pucuk Rebung disebut. Berbentuk V Pucuk Rebung bambu tumbuh mewakili
Menurut beberapa acehnesse, jika ada emas di gagang / menangani / sarung pedang hanya dapat dibuat untuk atau dimiliki oleh Panglima (komandan, kepala suku), teungku (noblility) dan sangat dihormati orang lain.




Berikut adalah beberapa foto-foto pejuang Aceh dengan peudeueng tersebut.


Here are some photographs of Aceh warriors with the peudeueng.


A photograph of Aceh warriors ( right photo) with the peudeueng and a rencong from “Blanke Wapens” by JG Dieles. One has a of a hulu tumpang beunteung ( right ) the other a hulu meu apet ( left) .



The photograph on the far right shows the source book.





Sebuah foto pejuang Aceh (foto kanan) dengan peudeueng dan rencong dari “Wapens Blanke” oleh JG Dieles. Satu memiliki sebuah Hulu tumpang beunteung (kanan) sebuah lainnya Hulu meu APET (kiri).

Foto di kanan menunjukkan buku sumber.

“Aceh bangsawan” dari: Catalogus van ‘s Rijks Museum Ethnographisch, bagian VI (1912), plat V; (Museum Etnografi di Leiden, Belanda, sekarang “RMV Leiden”).


1) “Hands of Time: Kerajinan Aceh”, oleh Barbara Leigh, Djambatan – Jakarta, 1989

2) “Senjata Tradisional kepulauan Indonesia” oleh Albert G. van Zonneveld C. Zwartenkot Buku Seni – Leiden; Musim Semi

3) Blades 2001OLD – Dunia Melayu Senjata beringsut. Copyright © 2000 – 2005
Revisi: 2005-04-03

4) “India Senjata dan Armour” oleh Pant GN 1978

5). Lombard, D. 1967: Planches IV murah V. Gambar 21 A.

6) Catalogus van ‘s Rijks Museum Ethnographisch, bagian VI (1912), plat V; (Museum Etnografi di Leiden, Belanda, sekarang “RMV Leiden”).
7) Senjata dan Memerangi Seni Indonesia, oleh Don F. Draeger Tuttle, Penerbitan 1972




The KNIL was involved in many campaigns against indigenous groups in the Netherlands East Indies including the prolonged Aceh War (1873–1904).[4]


original info

The Achenese Peudeueng

The Long Sword of Aceh Sumatra

Aceh (also referred to as Atjeh, Atjin, Acheen Achin.) is at the northern tip of Sumatra in Indonesia. It is believed to be one of the oldest kingdoms in Indonesia. Hindu and Buddist influence from India may have reached Aceh as early as the first century. sixth century A.D. Chinese chronicles. spoke of a kingdom on the northern tip of Sumatra named Po-Li. It is believed that Islam likely first entered the Indonesian archipelago through Aceh sometime between the 8th and 12th century. In 1292, Marco Polo, on his epic voyage from China visited Sumatra on his way to Persia and reported that in the northern part of the island there were at least six busy trading ports including Perlak, Samudera and lambri. With a past like this it is not surprising that their weapons have Hindu, Buddist, Chinese and Islamic influence. The area has an extensive martial history. In the middle of the 14th century, Pasai was invaded by Majapahit soldiers from Java. In 1523, Sultan Ali attacked the Portuguese in Pasai, killing Portugal military commander Horge de Brito. Sultan Ali managed to drive the Portuguese troops out of Pasai. After this defeat, Portugal attempted to conquer Aceh several times, without success. In 1873, the Netherlands declared war and invaded Aceh Darussalam. But the Dutch found it more difficult than they expected to gain control of the whole of Aceh. The Acehnese resisted the occupation, touching off the Aceh War, the longest colonial/expeditionary war fought by the Dutch and claiming more than 10,000 lives. Aceh-Dutch war dragged on until 1914, resistance continued with smaller groups until 1942 when the Japanese arrived in the Dutch East Indies. It has often been said that the Sultanate of Aceh from the 16th century on was in continual struggle. Although a multitude of edged weapons are used in Aceh there are 3 primary weapons that have played a role in Aceh’s history. They are the rencong, Siwaih ( Siwah, Sewar, Siwar) and peudeueng. This article will deal with the peudeueng. As I gain more imformation this will be updated and more sword types may be added. Nothing in this should be considered new or original work on my part. Instead this is a compilation of what so many people have been kind enough to share with me, and what published material I have been able to access. I am certain there are inaccuracies here that are the result of honest mistakes. They will be corrected as I am made aware of them or find better information. That is one large advantage a web based article has. Unlike the published word wich can only be as good as the information at the time of publishing; the web based article can be udated and changed.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, on May 6th, 1873, wrote: “A sanguinary battle has taken place in Aceh, a native Kingdom occupying the Northern portion of the island of Sumatra. The Dutch delivered a general assault and now we have details of the result. The attack was repulsed with great slaughter. The Dutch general was killed, and his army put to disastrous flight. It appears, indeed, to have been literally decimated.”


The Aceh long sword is called the peudeung. While these swords are attributed to the Aceh it is almost certain they were used also by other ethnic groups in the area. There is evidence of its use as a weapon at least as far back as the 17th century. It may have been used singly, with dual swords or with a small round shield called a peurise. It should be noted that these swords are also often called by other names. In the very complete reference book, TRADITIONAL WEAPONS OF THE INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO. by A.G. Van Zonneveld they are referred to as a “Pedang I” “Sikin Pasangan” and” Sikin Panjang” Numerous other sources including Dominique Buttin’s excellent site call it a “Sikin” ( Sikim , Sikkim, Sekem ). In a correspondence with Dominique Buttin, he informed the that, “The name Peudeung means sword, which is the same meaning as Podang from the Batak or Pedang from the Javanese.” A major problem with deciding which name to use for these swords comes from the fact that there are 10 subethnic groups of acehnesse (such as Aceh , Gayo, Alas, Aneuk Jamee, Melayu Tamiang, Kluet, Devayan, Sigulai, Haloban and Julu ) Here I will use the term used in the most of the Dutch sources and that is “Peudeueng” . A review of the literature seems to divide peudeueng by blade style and type if hilt. The straight bladed swords are called peudeueng panjang ( sikin panjang, sikin pandjang, loedjo Aceh, ). Curved blades peudeueng are called peudeueng peusangan ( peudeueng pasangan , sikin peusangan, sikin pasagan, pedang, poedeung ).


A peudeueng panjang with a hulu tumpang beunteung ( Hulul Buaya)


A peudeueng peusangan with a hulu meu apet


A peudeueng peusangan with a hulu tumpang beunteung (HuluPasangan)


The other division for Aceh swords is by type or shape of the hilt or hulu, In “Hands of Time: The Crafts of Aceh”, by Barbara Leigh, 1989, Jakarta she describes them as “hilt like the tail of a cat”, “hilt like the mouth of a crocodile”, “hilt like the horns of a deer”, “hilt like the legs of a horse”, and “hilt like the tail of a duck” While all of these may be found on other Aceh swords; I have only found 4 types of hulu on peudeueng. The hilt that looks like the open mouth of an animal ( or crocodile) is called hulu tumpang beunteung in Gayo or Hulu Buaya in Aceh. This type of hilt can be seen on both peudeueng panjang and peudeueng peusangan. In one variant of this the tips come together till they almost touch with flattened ends. This style I was told by an Acheen smith is still called a hulu Buaya but some books also call it a Hulu Peusangan. Peusangan is the name of a river and the name of a subdistrict in Bireuen, Aceh The third type is usually seen only on the peudeueng panjang is called a Hulu Rumpung.


a close up of a hulu tumpang beunteung (Hulu Pasangan)


A peudeueng panjang with a hulu tumpang beunteung ( Hulul Buaya)

A peudeueng panjang with a hulu rumpung


The fourth type of hilt that is seen on peudeueng is called Hulu Meu Apet (Hulu Muapit in Gayo or Sukul Mekepit in Alas). Hulu means hilt Meu is a verb Apet ( jaga / kawal) means guarded ; so this may simply mean “guarded hilt”. Some other sources call this hilt Daun Tebu. Duan Tebu means Sugar Cane Leaf and the end of the hilt on this is said to resemble a sprouting sugar cane. The hulu meu apet strongly resembles Indian sword hilts seen on the khanda and firangi, but the end spike is shorter.

a close up of a a Hulu Meu Apet


Recently Ariel Barkan, on the forum at, noticed that it also is influenced by the Indian Gulabghati hilt, named so because its upper disk has concentric lines resembling a rose flower, “gulab”. More on this style of hilt can be found in Indian Arms and Armour by G.N. Pant.



Rarely a Hulu Meu apet is seen with a knob at the end of the hilt, this is sometimes called a Peudeueng meutampoh. Perhaps this should be considered a separate style of hilt


Albert G. Van Zonnenveld states in his book, that the peudeueng peusangan with the Hulu Meu Apet was largely of foreign manufacture and did not gain great favor. His feeling is that because of that this variant may be largely ceremonial. That may be true today, however, photos taken during the Dutch-Aceh war can be found with this sword being used. While ornate specimens can be found; the majority of the hulu meu apet I have encountered or seen pictures of are designed for function and not overly ornate. The scabbards normally found with them are also rather austere. Specimens can be found with signs of damage usually associated with battle damage. The sword with the hulu meu apet was even found on several battle flags. In addition examples of these swords can be found with Azimat in them or on the sheath to protect the bearer in battle.


This flag has – literally – been soaked in blood: laboratory research has confirmed that the flag has a bullet hole and bears blood stains. This was probably the blood of first lieutenant C.H. Bischoff. It was he who captured the flag for booty during the storming of a ‘benteng’ (Malay for fort) held by the Achinese enemy in 1840. Bischoff paid for his escapade with eleven wounds inflicted by enemy klewangs. The klewang was originally a native Atjeh sword: ‘gliwang’. Towards the end of the 19th century it became a characteristic feature of the Dutch East Indian soldier’s uniform. The sword widens at the tip of the blade which, together with the handle, f


orms a curved line.. He was carried off wrapped in the flag. Several days later, on 3 May 1840, Bischoff died of his wounds. Before passing away, he was promoted to the rank of captain for his heroic deed.

Photo of a battle flag in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Scabbards ( Sarung)

The scabbards for the peudeueng peusangan with a hulu meu apet are usually wood covered with leather. Some are adorned with silver banding . Scabbards for a peudeueng peusangan with a hulu tumpang beunteung and the peudeueng panjang are of wood and can be found both ornate and plain

A typical scabbard f