Spice Islands Voyage

Spice Islands Voyage

Drawing by Leonard Sheil of the boat built by Tim Severin and his team to retrace the journeys of Alfred Russel Wallace through the Spice Islands. “At dawn on the second day the Bandas were appearing faintly on the horizon as a single peak with a plume of cloud, and...
A Rich Heritage

A Rich Heritage

Based on the islands’ history of global trade, along with the unique properties of the natural environment, several efforts have been made to propose the Banda Islands for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Together with an expert team from Rutgers...
Long-Distance Loves

Long-Distance Loves

‘Trouwen met de handschoen’, or ‘marrying the glove’, was a form of marriage by proxy that was common in Dutch colonial times. The marriage occurred in the Netherlands in the absence of the groom, who was represented by the glove. His bride would then undertake the...
Memories of a Massacre

Memories of a Massacre

In 1621, Jan Pieterszoon Coen “set out to obliterate Bandanese society, with as many as 15,000 islanders slaughtered, enslaved or shipped into exile, and the survivors hiding in the mountains,” writes Ian Burnet. “The Dutch blockaded their mountain hideouts, where...