Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny

Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny

Mike Dash


In 1628 the Dutch East India corporation loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gem stones for her maiden voyage to Java; the send itself was once a tangible image of the world’s richest and strongest monopoly.

The corporation additionally despatched alongside a brand new worker to protect its treasure. He used to be Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a disgraced and bankrupt guy with nice air of mystery and dangerously heretical principles. With assistance from a couple of disgruntled sailors, he hatched a plot to grab the send and her riches. The mutiny may need succeeded, yet at nighttime morning hours of June three, 1629, the Batavia smashed via a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands close to Australia. The captain and skipper escaped the break, and in a tiny lifeboat they set sail for Java—some 1,500 miles north—to summon support. greater than 250 anxious survivors waded ashore, grateful to be alive. regrettably, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare used to be purely starting.

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