Jayakarta (Batavia) in 1617


The port of Jayakarta emerged on the north-west coast of Java in the sixteenth century, and in the early seventeenth century both the Dutch and the British established fortifications there.  Within a few years, Dutch power entirely eclipsed that of the prince of Jayakarta, and the port was transformed into the Dutch company capital, Batavia.

Further reading

Abeyasekere, Susan, Jakarta: a history. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Blusse, Leonard, ‘Batavia, 1619-1740: the rise and fall of a Chinese colonial town' Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 12 no.1 (Mar. 1981), pp. 159-178.

Map number from Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000)


Year span

1617 - 1617