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Damar

In 1652 the VOC settlement on the island of Dammer was attacked by people from the neighbouring island. Nine Company employees, including a native of Maccassar, were murdered. A year earlier the VOC had forced the Damme population to destroy more than 14,000 nutmeg trees on the nearby island of Nila, in a move aimed at preventing competing traders from buying the nutmeg and driving up the price. The attack led the Dutch to establish a post elsewhere, on the nearby island of Babar. Later the outpost on Dammer, known as Wilhelmus, was restored.

historical name

Damar

Damme

Dammer

Damma

Demmer

country Indonesia
region Damar Island
function island
fortification(s) Wilhelmus, fort (Damar)

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