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Corruption and Mismanagement in the Times of the VOC

The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) was established in 1602. The company was initially granted a 21-year monopoly to trade in Asia. A...

British Bengkulu: A Forgotten Imperial Outpost

Bengkulu, October 1685: The fort stood atop a small hillock on the banks of a coffee-coloured creek. To the west the Indian Ocean stretched blank and white and empty. To...

Madura — Java’s Different Neighbour

The Javanese may tell you that the island of Madura – only 30 minutes away by ferry from Surabaya – is hot and arid and that the Madurese are rough and hot-tempered....

Georgius Everhardus Rumphius: From Hobby to Fame

She was called Rumphius in honour and remembrance of the first naturalist of Ambon. Her hull was painted yellow and the superstructure white. It was the project boat, a...

Lithography of the Pieter Erberveld Memorial by Josias Cornelis Rappard - 1888

The Sad Story of Pieter Erberveld

There are a number of versions to this story. Depending on the narrator, the good people of Batavia were saved from a horrendous fate, or the matrix, the super system if...

Education Guide 2017

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