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Utrecht, redoute (Formosa)

The redoubt Utrecht, built on a high sand dune to the south of Fort Zeelandia, was a supporting fortification meant to prevent the dune from being taken in case of a siege, as the dune might be used to fire into the fort. During the siege of fort Zeelandia by the Chinese warlord Koxinga in 1661-1662 there was fierce fighting for the redoubt, and it was finally taken on the night of the 25th of January 1625. This left the besieged in Fort Zeelandia in a hopeless position, and negotiations for the surrender of the fort commenced two days later.

build start

1639

build end

1639

period

1639

historical name

Utrecht, redoute (Formosa)

function redoubt
location An-Ping

Literature

  • Andrade, Tonio, Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West