Kota Tua Jakarta and Dutch Colonialisation

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 5 June 2015
Original content on this blog returns: 1 November 2017

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The era of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia began in 1603 with the Dutch East India Company arriving in the Indonesian Archipelago. The reasons for the arrival of the sea-faring Dutch was trade and money. The spices that were available in the Indonesian Archipelago were high in demand.

Now the Dutch East India Company, the VOC, was a trading company. It has been commonly considered the first multinational corporation. Here’s a crash course in history that better explains how the dutch arrived in Indonesia.

Upon setting up base in Java, the Dutch established a de-facto capital in Jakata (then called Batavia).

Here is a map of the City of Batavia in 1627.

Batavia 1627Source

After a period of growth and decline the company was eventually dissolved and in its place was a ‘nationalised’ colony.

The picture above refers to what is today called Kota Tua, or Old Batavia.

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