Attractive full-colour print of Batavia as seen from the harbour ca. late 17th century.
Batavia was founded by the VOC in 1619 as an entrepôt in the Indies. It is on the site of the ancient Sundanese port of Sunda Kelapa and had once been a trading port of the Portuguese. By the end of the 17th century, Batavia had grown to both sides of the Groote Rivier or Kali Besar with defensive walls and the sea-facing Fort Jacatra. Ships used to enter the city via the mouth of the Groote Rivier and unload on both banks of the river.
In the image European sailing ships and local boats can be seen sailing the waters of Jakarta Bay.
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