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View of Bantam showing an attack on the Portuguese fleet in 1601


View of Bantam showing an attack on the Portuguese fleet in 1601

Cloppenburg, Johannes Everardus van / Alardi, Hermanus

View of Bantam showing an attack on the Portuguese fleet in 1601: depicted is the victory of Admiral Wolfert Harmensz. with five ships to 30 Portuguese vessels off Bantam.

Several islands are depicted in the sea, bearing the inscriptions: Pulo Panian, De Wachter.

In addition the following topographical names have been added: Strate van Sunda, Hoeck van Bantam en t' Landt van Sumatra.

The vessels in the foreground bear the following types of flag: Dutch tricolour, flag with madonna and St Andrew's cross, flags with Maltese cross and flags with St Andrew's cross.

This print has no key, but the letters A-H are drawn on the chart. The inscriptions to which these letters refer have been reconstructed with the aid of a print contained in the Rijksmuseum, inv. nt. RP-P-OB-75.315

A: Hollandtsche Vlote ghecomen inde strate van Sunda.

B: Een Chineesche Pirau die de voorsz. Vlote adverteert vande Poortugeesse Armade.

C: Die Hollanders comende by hare Vyanden.

D: Armade vande Poortugeessen, soo die Hollanders die eerst ingheseylt, ende gheabbordeert hebben.

E: Die voorsz. Poortugeessche Armade, loefwaert legghende vande Hollantsche, poocht met brant-schepen die selfde te destruweren.

F: Die Hollandtsche Armade, liwaert vande Poortugeessche gheleghen, en wert van de brant-schepen niet beschadicht.

G: Die Poortugesen verlatende Bantam ende het Eylandt Iava, nemen met haere overgebleven Galeyen ende Schepen die vlucht naer die Molucken.

H: Die welcke vande Hollanders een tijdt lang naer gheseylt ende met griff gheschut vervolcht zijn.

See also Rijksmuseum, inv.nrs. RP-P-OB-75.312, RP-P-OB-75.313, RP-P-OB-75.314, RP-P-OB-75.315 and Maritiem Museum, MMPH-P762.

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Sources and literature

Zandvliet, K., Mapping for Money: Maps, plans and topographic paintings and their role in Dutch overseas expansion during the 16th and (1998)