Leiden Asia Year Map #1
Anonymous VOC chart of Ambon, c. 1700-1725
manuscript on paper, 53 x 97 cm
Collection Bodel Nijenhuis, COLLBN 006-14-011
In the Bodel Nijenhuis Collection c. 80 manuscript charts of the Dutch East India Company are kept. According to a note by Bodel Nijenhuis ‘drawn by an indigenous hand’.The text on the map, however, is in Dutch, but the depiction of hills and vegetation is quite unusual for this type of map. The assumpion of the ‘indigenous’ influence to this map, we chose this as header image for the symposium.