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Map of the Banda islands


Map of the Banda islands

Anoniem / Anonymous / Langenes, Barent

Map of the Banda islands.

Caerte vant Eijlant Banda.

Top right: No: 6.

The second Dutch expedition to the Indies, led by Jacob van Neck and Wijbrant van Warwijck, set sail from the Dutch Republic in May 1598 and arrived in Bantam towards the end of that same year. From Bantam, four vessels sailed on to the Moluccas. Two of these, the Gelderland and Zeeland sailed to the Banda islands from Ambon, spending several months from March to July 1599. The objective was to trade to obtain cloves and nutmeg. After a difficult start, the Dutch managed to acquire sizable stocks of the products by establishing good contacts on Banda Neira, and they left some personnel to man a lodge there. These were led by Wijbrant van Warwijck and Jacob van Heemskerk.

This map shows the small island group and is the only printed map showing the towns and communities of precolonial Banda.

Cf. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, inv. nr. RP-P-OB

75-377 and RP-P-OB-75-391and Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, inv. nr. 693 C 6 part XI, op. p. 93.

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Sources and literature

Neck, Jacob Cornelisz. van, Het tvveede boeck, iournael oft dagh-register: inhoudende een warachtich verhael ende historische vertellinghe vande reyse, gedaen door de acht schepen van Amstelredamme, gheseylt inden maent martij 1598 (1601)