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Depopulation And Diaspora

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Forced migration of island populations as an instrument of colonial strategy was not rare in the early history of VOC conflicts with local opponents in Asia. To take revenge on the local regents who failed to honour the terms of the contracts they had signed, Coen conquered the Banda Islands. In the case of Formosa, the Dutch had some knowledge of the outer islands of Formosa-Botel, Tatachel, Sanna Sanna, and Lamey. In the first half of the 1640s, the Dutch authorities thought of removing the islanders of Botel to Formosa but it did not take long to reject the idea. The events which have become notorious as the Lamey Massacre have been studied in detail by Blussé and Ts'ao. But the whole story is recounted here again in the broader context of the Dutch-Formosan encounter to give substance and depth to this picture of Dutch colonialism.

Keywords: Botel; depopulation; diaspora; Dutch colonialism; Formosa; Lamey; Sanna; Tatachel



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