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Amboina, 1623 : fear and conspiracy on the edge of empire

Author: Adam Clulow
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1623, a Japanese mercenary called Shichizō was arrested for asking suspicious questions about a Dutch East India Company castle on Amboina, a remote set of islands in what is now eastern Indonesia. He was tortured until he confessed that he had joined a plot orchestrated by a group of English merchants to seize control of the fortification and ultimately to rip the spice-rich islands from the Company's grasp.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Clulow
ISBN: 9780231175128 0231175124
OCLC Number: 1063756918
Description: xvii, 289 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the Company and the colony --
With treaty or with violence --
"We cannot exist well without slaves" --
Dangerous and difficult to govern --
The English serpent --
The trial --
The war of the witnesses --
Compensation and calamity --
Epilogue : the fearful empire.
Responsibility: Adam Clulow.

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In 1623, Dutch authorities executed twenty-one alleged conspirators over a plot to seize a castle on a remote set of islands in what is now eastern Indonesia. In this landmark study, Adam Clulow  Read more...

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