------- waddafak: Before Brooke

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Before Brooke

I never gave thought much to which whiteman was roaming around Kuching before Brooke. I always had it in my mind that Brooke came for a fee to settle some pirate problems for the Sultan of Brunei and decided to stay after he was paid for his services with a chunk of Borneo's western tip.
Then i came across this. This is an original antique print of Kuching, by T. v. Doesburg, published by C. Allard, Amsterdam This rare print was printed in 1695. 1695? Thats like almost 200 years BEFORE Brooke even heard of Kuching.
But it figures. After all the Dutch were galavanting around the whole countryside long before even then. Now imagine if Kuching were colonised by the Dutch instead?

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