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Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny Paperback – 27 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (27 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609807161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807163
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars233 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliantly crafted, deeply researched . . . a gruesome and powerfully written history. [Dash] provides a thorough look at the underlying subject of all expedition stories--the human heart." --Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

"Horrific and mesmerizing . . . No history I've read in years places you so deeply inside a piece of the past."--National Geographic Adventure

"Scholarly and exhilarating. Not only history, but an enthralling sea yarn and true-crime thriller." --Associated Press

"I read it in one sitting, absolutely enchanted." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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In 1628 the Dutch East India Company loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king's ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java; the ship itself was a tangible symbol of the world's richest and most powerful monopoly.
The company also sent along a new employee to guard its treasure. He was Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a disgraced and bankrupt man with great charisma and dangerously heretical ideas. With the help of a few disgruntled sailors, he hatched a plot to seize the ship and her riches. The mutiny might have succeeded, but in the dark morning hours of June 3, 1629, the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The captain and skipper escaped the wreck, and in a tiny lifeboat they set sail for Java--some 1,500 miles north--to summon help. More than 250 frightened survivors waded ashore, thankful to be alive. Unfortunately, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare was only beginning.

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