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

ISBN-10: 0609807161

ISBN-13: 9780609807163

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Authors: Mike Dash
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Description: In 1628 the Dutch East India Company loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java; the ship itself was a tangible symbol of the world’s richest and most powerful monopoly. The company also sent along a new employee to guard its treasure. He was Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a disgraced and bankrupt man with great charisma and dangerously heretical ideas. With the help of a few disgruntled sailors, he hatched a plot to seize the ship and her riches. The mutiny might have succeeded, but in the dark morning hours of June 3, 1629, the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The captain and skipper escaped the wreck, and in a tiny lifeboat they set sail for Java—some 1,500 miles north—to summon help. More than 250 frightened survivors waded ashore, thankful to be alive. Unfortunately, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare was only beginning.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

He is the author of the critically acclaimed TULIPOMANIA and two other books. He is the former editorial director of the Fortean Times. A Cambridge educated historian before he became a writer, his articles have been published in the Guardian and the Observer, and he appears frequently on television in the UK.

Preface
Map: The United Provinces c. 1628
Map: Route of the Batavia
Map: Houtman's Abrolhos
Prologue: Morning Reef
The Heretic
Gentlemen XVII
The Tavern of the Ocean
Terra Australis Incognita
The Tiger
Longboat
"Who Wants to Be Stabbed to Death?"
Condemned
"To Be Broken on the Wheel"
Epilogue: On the Shores of the Great South-Land
Notes
Bibliography
Dutch Pronunciation Guide
Acknowledgments
Index
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