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The Central Administration Of The VOC Government And The Local Institutions Of Batavia (1619-1811) – An Introduction

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This chapter briefly discusses the central administration of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) government and the local institutions of Batavia (1619-1811). On 30 May 1619 the VOC conquered the Javanese port town of Jaccatra. This gave the VOC a permanent harbour and a repair dock for its ships, central warehouse facilities for trade, and a governmental and administrative centre. Jaccatra (now called Batavia) was the hub of the central administration of the VOC in Asia: the Governor-General and Councillors of the Indies (Asia), usually referred to as the High Government in the sources. The chapter gives a brief survey of the various administrative bodies and the urban boards. It also examines the central institutions for government and justice in the Castle. The urban administrative bodies in Batavia, the ecclesiastical boards, the Amfioen Society and Amfioen Directorate (Amfioen Sociëteit and Amfioen Directie) 1745-1794 en 1794-1808 are also discussed.

Keywords: Batavia; Dutch East India Company; ecclesiastical boards; urban administrative bodies; VOC government



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