Daendels' postroad on Java


Built at great financial expense and cost in human life between 1808 and 1810, this road reduced the time needed to send a letter between Batavia and Surabaya from two weeks to 6-7 days.

Further reading

Nas, Peter J.M., and Pratiwo, ‘Java and De Groote Postweg, La Grande Route, the Great Mail Road, Jalan Raya Pos', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 158 no 4 (2002), pp. 707-725.

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


Year span

1808 - 1810