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Illustration of negotiation between the Dutch envoy and Zheng Cheng-gong.

This is an illustration from the book “Neglected Formosa”. The book was written by C.E.S, which stands for Coyett et socii. Frederick Coyett was the last Dutch Governor of Taiwan. After returning to Batavia, he was immediately tried and exiled to Ay Island in Banda, for the crime of losing Taiwan for the Dutch . After spending eight years on the island, Coyett’s children were successful in obtaining his freedom. When he returned to his country, he published “Neglected Formosa” in 1675. In his book, he condemned the negligence of the senior management of the Dutch East India Company in leaving him isolated and cut off from outside help, in turn causing him to lose Taiwan. The illustration shows the landfall of Zheng’s troops on May 3rd, 1661, when the Dutch holding inside Fort Zeelandia became aware that they were about to lose Provintia in Chikan, and the Governor and the council decided to begin negotiations with Zheng Cheng-Gong. In the morning of the day of negotiations, several envoys from the Dutch East India Company rowed sampans flying white flags from Fort Zeelandia to Chikan. Eventually, they managed to meet with Zheng Cheng-Gong, who was in his camp surrounded by Ming Zheng troops, and they then began discussions.
*Source:
F. Coyett, Zheng Cheng-Gong, Chikan, battle between Zheng Cheng-Gong and the Dutch
*Reading:
國立臺灣歷史博物館館藏:《被遺誤的福爾摩沙》,2003.031.0010。
  • Illustration of negotiation between the Dutch envoy and Zheng Cheng-gong.
  • Illustration of negotiation between the Dutch envoy and Zheng Cheng-gong.
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