The Torments inflicted by the Dutch on the English in Amboyna. [&] The condition of the English in the Dungeon & their Execution.Vol.I. p.879.
Copper Engraving. Plate 312 x 210mm. 12¼ x 8¼". Paper toning.
From "Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca". Commissioned under King George II of England, Harris' Voyages is a compilation of European knowledge of the world in the mid eighteenth century. According to the opening letter to King George II, the work consisted "of above Six hundred of the most authentic Writers...and the Voyages under the Direction of the East India Company in Holland, in Dutch; Together with such other Histories , Voyages, Travels or Discoveries, as are in General Esteem, whether published in English, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, High and Low Dutch, or in any other European Language;" and contained "whatever has been observed Worthy of Notice in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, in respect to the Extent and Situation of Empires, Kingdoms, Provinces, &c. the Climate, Soil, and Produce, whether Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral, of each country; Likewise the Religion, Manners, and Customs of the several Inhabitants, their Governments, Arts and Sciences, public Buildings, Mountains, Rivers, Harbours, &c. illustrated by proper Charts, Maps, and Cuts." This particular image depicts the Amboyna Massacre of 1623, which involved the torture and execution on Ambon Island, Indonesia of men who were in the service of the British East India Company, by agents of the Dutch East India Company, on accusations of treason. It was a result of an intense rivalry between the East India companies of England and the United Provinces in the spice trade.
In the British Library.
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