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If you haven't heard of the Batavia shipwreck, you truly have missed out on a story of depravity and barbarity that is known the world over. The tale of the Batavia also has consequences for the history of white settlement in Australia - throw in a good measure of controversy surrounding the discovery of the wreck in 1963, and you have a yarn with so many threads you will want to learn every aspect of this story for months to come.

The Batavia was a “jacht” of the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) that wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. It was built for the transport of good, personnel and specie of the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C) between the Netherlands and the Eastern Headquarters of the Company at Batavia (modern Jakarta) on the island of Java. She was a... read more

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