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Series EN 018

on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:38
The Ship Dock of Batavia

Meanwhile, the western section of Batavia, developed later, was inhabited by the Chinese people who control the trade. In the West there was an old fish market, existed before the city was established, the ship dock and the Portuguese church. Like a painting, the two parts of the city was a combination of dull white field on a wall, red-brown on the roof, melted on the brown muddy roads.

As well as the castle, the entire city of Batavia was also surrounded by walls and canals with gates named towns in the Netherlands. Every night all gates were closed until dawn. Outside the city small forts as safety nets were guarding the city. The forts were Ancol, Jacarta, Noordwijk, Rijswijk, Angke, and Vijfhoek. In these forts there were soldiers of different nations in Asia. Oppose to that, in the castle were only soldiers of the Europeans.

The air surrounding Ciliwung River was very hot liked stung by the sun. Some mestizo woman appears on the right walking with their slaves who protected them from the heat of the sun with umbrella. Her white-brown skin shined, soaked in sweat, broke up into her long dress. Not far from these women, there were dock surrounded by small boats unpacking and raise goods. Coolies looked back and forth transporting goods with their yelling foreman. The two-level port office stood firmly watched all the busyness. In the corner of the harbor appeared a crowded shop with working people. A large Dutch flag as a symbol of VOC authority was fluttering above the tip of the ship mast. The bustle sound of the harbor illustrating how busy the city with trade.

The famous fish market, that day was still full of shoppers. This market was never quiet until the afternoon. In front of the market building people from various ethnic groups held a sale and purchase transactions. The flurry of hectic market was very harmonious with palm trees in open ground in front of the market. On the palm trees there are people busy taking coconut for sale. Wherever the market it was a place of human encounter, a place to interact, to carry out economic activities that support the city. When a city market plagued, people could not engage in economic activities, the city would also be paralyzed even death.

A row of shops were crowded with shoppers. The shapes and carvings of buildings appeared beautiful in harmony with people of Batavia who looks neat. Along Kalibesar palm trees shaded the busy street. The shout of harbor coolies was loud when the boat began to tether strap to the edge.

From the wheelhouse was middle-aged Cuncu – boatman -, his eyes was slanted with sharp views sweeping the porters in navigating bridge busy with rigging. His eyes was finally focused on the young man, he looked at him carefully. He wondered why this young man dared to go to Batavia, was not this town no longer friendly to the Chinese? In recent years many Chinese left Ye Cheng heading to the eastern part of the island of Java or elsewhere. Many Chinese people were treated arbitrarily by Dutch officers. There were many restrictions against the Chinese, for example, their Junks after lowering the goods must be anchored at sea and the sailors were not allowed off the ship.