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Coastline profiles of Tidore and Moti


Coastline profiles of Tidore and Moti

Laerle, Joris Joostensz.

The Gelderland, Wachter and Duyfken of the Moluccan fleet of the Fifth Expedition arrived at Ternate, next to the much large Halmahera. on 17 February 1602. The Dutch were welcomed and found their countrymen that had been left behind during the Second Expedition in good conditions. Unfortunately for the expedition under Wolfert Harmensz., the harvests on Ternate had been meagre and there was little trade to be had. On 7 March the ships again departed from Ternate to sail to the Banda archipelago. Near Ternate lie the islands of Tidore and Moti. Tidore was home to a rival sultanate to that of Tidore.

Joris Joostensz. Laerle, artist on board of the Gelderland, is seen as the most likely author of these coastline profiles of Tidore and Moti in the journal of the Gelderland. The top text indicates that all the panels should be seen as a continuous drawing. It shows the mountain of Tidore when it is south-southeast to south, with some white spots at the bottom of the mountain. On the right side of the drawings the island of Moti is depicted.

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Sources and literature

Morree, Perry, Dodo's en galjoenen: De reis van het schip Gelderland naar Oost-Indië, 1601-1603