"[Bantam]", Orlers, Jan Jansz.
Subject: East Indies - Indonesia
Period: 1625 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.3 x 9 inches
36.3 x 22.9 cm
An uncommon view of a sea battle raging in the seas off of Banten, on the northwest coast of Java. The Sunda Strait is shown in the background. The Dutch used the Sunda Strait as a means to circumvent the Portuguese controlled Malacca Strait into Indonesian waters. This is an illustration of a major naval battle between the Dutch and Portuguese fleets in 1601, which resulted in the victory of Dutch Admiral Wolfert Harmensz; thus opening up the lucrative spice trade.
Nice impression with a few minor spots in blank margins.