Jan Willem Hessing: a military adventurer

December 30, 2019

Jan Willem Hessing was a military adventurer who dodged the VOC service and he joined the India Maharaja Madho Rao Sindhia in the battles with other Indian rulers. As colonel he was successful.


See more here.

Het beleg van de stad Machilipatnam (Masulipatnam), anoniem, 1675 – 1725 – Rijksmuseum

December 27, 2019

Het beleg van de stad Machilipatnam (Masulipatnam), anoniem, 1675 – 1725 – Rijksmuseum
— Lees op www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/NG-2008-60-29


December 22, 2019

Little Europe, Department of Tourism, Govt. of West Bengal, Official Website, district wise tourist places,Rasagolla,Rosogolla,biswa bangla,bengal treasure, calcutta, Carnival, puja carnival, Red Road Carnival, Mega Show, Bengal Road Show, Bengal Toursim, Live Show, carnival live stream, festival,river cruise,sundarbans,darjeeling,north bengal,dakshineswar,belur math,vivekananda,rabindranath,satyajit ray,ramkrishna,shri chaitanya,ISKCON,bengali,kumortuli,tourism,tourist
— Lees op www.wbtourismgov.in/destination/place/little_europe

Chinsurah: Holland on the Hooghly 

December 22, 2019

Say ‘Dutch’ and ‘Chinsurah’ isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Yet this Bengali town was their home in India
— Lees op www.livehistoryindia.com/amazing-india/2019/12/21/chinsurah-holland-on-the-hooghly

My first trip in 1989

October 10, 2019

More than 30 years ago I paid 30 guilders in an Amsterdam antiquarian bookshop for the little book: De Nederlanders in Voor-India, by H. Terpstra, published in the Patria series by P.N. van Kampen & Zoon N.V, Amsterdam in 1947, the year of my birth. This is a concise write up in Dutch about the importance of the Dutch role in India that started in the early 17thcentury and lasted until 1825.

Terpstra’s 1947 book helped my first trip in 1989

The colourful Jacob Haafner

October 4, 2019

From 1773 to 1786 Jacob Haafner was in India, where he had an adventure full and colourful life. First as klerk in Negapatnam, later as bookkeeper in the Sadras factory. From 1781 he worked some years in Calcutta as bookkeeper with the former British Governer and scholar in Bengal, Joseph Fowke.

Haafner was utterly indignant about the behaviour of the Europeans in India characterized in his view by greed, cruelty and indifference. Time and again he argued that the local Indians were victims from the European domination.

See The colourful Jacob Haafner


Dutch sundial Bharuch

March 26, 2019

In March it took a while to find the Dutch sundial wall of the former Dutch factory in Bharuch. The situation is worse than 30 years ago when I visited there for the first time.

See also Dutch loge in Bharuch, includes a short film clip.

Dutch cemetery Surat revisited in 2019

March 26, 2019

I revisited the cemetery in Surat in early March.

See Surat cemetery revisited 2019.

Filmclip Dutch cemetery Bharuch

March 26, 2019

Here is a short filmclip I made in March 2019 during a one-month heritage tour in India.

Bharuch: Dutch cemetery revisited in 2019

March 26, 2019

I revisited the Dutch cemetery in Bharuch in March 2019 after 30 years.

Bharuch revisited in 2019

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