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...
Run for Manhattan

Run for Manhattan

“The island can be smelled before it can be seen…” The opening line of Nathaniel’s Nutmeg is among the most evocative of accounts of the approach to the Banda Islands. Giles Milton’s book presents the story of how the English came to the island of Run (Pulau Rhun) in...
Inspired by the Islands

Inspired by the Islands

The stories of Banda and its often-bloody history have found creative expression through the works of several artists in recent years, including Made Wianta, Hanafi, and Beatrice Glow. Beatrice Glow creates works influenced by the social history of spices. The...
Banda at the Ubud Writers Festival

Banda at the Ubud Writers Festival

The 2017 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival marked the 350-year anniversary of the Treaty of Breda through a number of programmed events. The Banda Islands anthology was also launched at the 2017 festival, where we were joined by contributors Michael Vatikiotis, Ian...
The Banda Islands Anthology

The Banda Islands Anthology

“To me, all the East is here.” These tiny ‘islands of spicerie’ in the middle of the Banda Sea have been at the heart of some key moments in history that have shaped the world we live in today, from the beginnings of global capitalism and colonisation, to Indonesia’s...