The Survivors from the Batavia Wreck

Topics: Batavia, Jeronimus Cornelisz, Mutiny Pages: 2 (594 words) Published: May 19, 2012
Batavia was a ship built in Amsterdam. On 27 October 1628, the newly built Batavia, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, sailed from Texel to obtain spices. It sailed under the command of Francisco Pelsaert, with Ariaen Jacobsz serving as skipper. Jeronimus Cornelisz and Ariaen Jacobsz planned a mutiny, they grouped up some supporters and molested a high ranking female passenger aboard. She was able to identify her attackers and they waited for Pelsaert to arrest them but he didn't. Once they stopped for fresh supplies Jacobsz purposely steered the ship of course.

On 4 June 1629, the ship struck Morning Reef near Beacon Island, off the Western Australian coast. Of the 322 aboard, most of the passengers and crew managed to get ashore, 40 people drowned. The survivors, including all the women and children, were transferred to nearby islands in the ship's longboat.

Pelsaert and Jacobsz set off with some other survivors to find water inland. They found non and abandon the other survivors to go North where they found Batavia (Jakarta). A boatman Jan Evertsz, was arrested and executed for the loss of the ship (he was suspected to have been involved). Jacobsz was also arrested for negligence, although Pelsaert didn't know he was involved in the mutiny. The governor general gave Pelsaert a ship and he went back with some crew members to save the survivors they had left behind.

Cornelisz had been left behind with some survivors. He knew if the search group reached Batavia they would know of his help in the mutiny. He planed to use gold and silver from the wrecked ship to built his own kingdom. He made everyone give him all weapons and food supplies so he could control them. He sent a group of soldiers away under the pretence of having them search for water. When they found it they would light a series of fires and be rescued. He left them to die, he then had complete control over the remaining survivors.

He got a group of men willing to kill and had...
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