Rabu, 06 Juni 2018


PAI TIMOR the “accomodatory” life and times of a 17th century family from Timor exiled to Java, Mauritius & the Cape of Good Hope
Mansell G Upham
Remarkable Writing on First Fifty Years http://www.e-family.co.za/ffy/ui45.htm © Mansell G Upham
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On 20 March 1676 Amsoeboe, his wife Inabe and two daughters Iba and Baauw politically exiled, but un-enslaved, family from Timor is sent from Batavia [Jakarta on the Indonesian island of Java] on the hooker Goudvink to Mauritius a VOC outpost (buitenpost) governed from the Cape of Good Hope which latter colony is itself governed from Batavia [Jakarta] on Java. The commander on Maritius at the time is the outgoing reformed privateer Hubert Hugo. Their unnamed son, however, remains at Batavia:

“With this hooker, your Excellency has been sent a family of four Timorese about whom you need to bear in mind that they have actually not come (directly) from there; but that they must remain in freedom and should it not initially be possible (to allow them to be free) then to be of service to the Company…”

The events leading to their forced removal from Timor to Java remain sketchy but likely coincide with concerted Dutch attempts to limit Portuguese control of Timor. Are Amsoeboe and his family part of Timor’S indigenous ruling elite? Does an unwanted or compromising presence on the island warrant their removal during these violent and unsettling times? Worth noting is the arrival at the Cape with the Return Fleet (21 April 1673) of a cargo of Timorese and Rottonese slaves and convicts shipped from Batavia:

“The 39 slaves bought at our request at Batavia and the 3 convicts were landed. One of the 39 died during the voyage. The rest were strong, healthy fellows, who will not be amiss here”.

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