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Tango0118 May 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

…and Europe TL.

"1798: VOC went bankrupt because of severe internal corruption and debts. The debts and the territories previously controlled by VOC were subsequently taken by the Dutch Batavian Republic. From now on the territory was called "Dutch East Indie". City of Batavia located in Java was made the center of the new Dutch administration.

1801: Rebellious and uprising movement led by the Javanese local leader started to spring up here and there, pushing the Dutch garrison to their breaking point. Most of the movements were backed up by the islands quite huge number of population. Despite the heavy pressure given, the uprisings were usually not very organized and could be defeated easily piece by piece

1808: A new military governor arrived at Batavia. Hermann Willem Daendels, a former general himself, quickly tried to reorganize the island weak defense to prepare the island from the British invasion. He built formidable fort in Meeste Cornelis, several magazines and planned for a massive infrastructure program, the building of Java Great Post Road. This overall building program pushed the already oppressed Javanese population further down. Great rebellion ensued when a dozen Javanese forced-labors refused to work and started attacking their Dutch superiors. When the rebellion finally ended most of the rich farm lands and infrastructure were left devastated. The planned post road was never completed in 1809…"
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