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Bird's eye view of Hitu Lama and coastal profile of Boano


Bird's eye view of Hitu Lama and coastal profile of Boano

Jolinck, Heyndrick Dircxz.

On 3 March 1599 the Amsterdam, part of the four ships of the Tweede Schipvaart sent to the Moluccas to trade there, arrived at Hitu, the northern section of the island of Ambon, anchoring near the town of Hitu Lama. Heyndrick Dirrecksen Jolinck, helmsman of the Amsterdam, drew this elaborate description of the town of Hitu in his journal. The drawing depicts a bird's eye view of the town, kind of map of the town, noting important buildings such as the town’s mosques and, the speelhuis (literally: playhouse, function unclear) the prinshuijs (prince's house), both on the left page, the Dutch anchorage (indicated with a large anchor on the left page), their watering place (at the coast on the right page), and the Dutch lodge , (Duitse losy, right page), and several other buildings.

Above the bird's eye view is a coastal profile of Boano, an island further to the northwest.

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Sources and literature

Keuning, De tweede schipvaart der Nederlanders naar Oost-Indië̈ onder Jacob Cornelisz. van Neck en Wybrant Warwijck, 1598-1600 : journalen, documenten en andere bescheiden (1938-1951)