In 1629, Dutch castaways on a tiny island faced a desperately murderous leader


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Brought back fond memories of my childhood.


Not City Island?


Ah yes, all those good times ribbing Piggy about his ass-mar.


Aaawwww the story of the Batavia… I heard that Paul Verhoeven was planning to do a movie about it… Years ago. Since a full-scale replica exists, I wonder why Hollywood never bothered to adapt such a movie-esque story.


Read Hugh Edwards’ Islands of Angry Ghosts for a rivetting account of this chilling affair.


Batavia’s Graveyard by Mike Dash is an excellent, well-researched, grippingly told book on this lurid topic. (The Dutch translation is fine and I warmly recommend it if you want to be really hardcore on this subject.)


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