Episode 18 – Putmans continued; The Battle of Liaoluo Bay

After destroying Zheng’s fleet and liberally plundering the Chinese coast, Putmans is called to battle by Zheng and his hastily assembled replacement fleet. Can the Chinese turn the tide? What will be the long term consequences of this battle politically and economically?

The Battle of Liaoluo Bay, October 1633. [Image from Lost Colony by Tonio Andrade]
Sketch of Fort Zeelandia Circa 1635, by artist Johannes Vingboons.

Edit: I looked up the UK’s refugee plan and the African country was Rwanda.
Rwanda may have a rather poor track record in terms of human rights for anyone reading up on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. One consequence of that was a vast reduction in the male population of Rwanda, which led to many leadership positions being filled – by necessity – by women. This actually led to some of the most progressive laws towards women and women’s rights than anywhere else in the world. Just food for thought.
Link here.

Episode 16 – Pieter Laurens Nuyts

Pieter Nuyts (also spelt Nuijts) was the third Dutch Governor of Formosa. He was a father, a businessman, an explorer and a politician. He was also opportunistic, sometimes to his own detriment. This episode looks at his time as governor of Formosa.

In editing I discovered my Dutch pronunciation let me down a few times, especially toward the beginning of the recording. The Dutch pronunciation of Nuyts is ‘notes’, while the English pronunciation is ‘newts’.

A map from 1644 which carries both ‘New Holland’ and ‘Terra Australis’ as names for Australia. In the southwest corner you can see the area explored by Nuyts’ ship, het Gulden Zeepaert (the Golden Seahorse), marked as the land of Pieter Nuyts.
A map showing the area of Dutch control on Formosa circa 1650s and the area the Spanish control circa late 1630s.
The orange area is a kingdom of indigenous people known locally as Dadu, but to the Dutch as the Midday Kingdom.
A 1629 drawing showing an artist’s impression of the storming of Nuyts’ office, when Hamada Yahei held him hostage.