By Mike Dash
From the bestselling writer of Tulipomania comes Batavia’s Graveyard, the spellbinding actual tale of mutiny, shipwreck, homicide, and survival.
It was once the fall of 1628, and the Batavia, the Dutch East India Company’s flagship, was once loaded with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gem stones for her maiden voyage to Java. The Batavia was once the delight of the Company’s fleet, a tangible image of the world’s richest and strongest advertisement monopoly. She set sail with nice fanfare, however the Batavia and her gold might by no means succeed in Java, for the corporate had additionally despatched alongside a brand new worker, Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a bankrupt and disgraced guy who possessed disarming air of secrecy and dangerously heretical principles.
With the aid of a couple of disgruntled sailors, Jeronimus quickly sparked a mutiny that appeared bound to succeed—but for one unplanned occasion: in the dead of night morning hours of June three, the Batavia smashed via a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands close to Australia. The commander of the send and the skipper avoided the mutineers through escaping in a tiny lifeboat and atmosphere a path for Java—some 1,800 miles north—to summon aid. the majority of the passengers survived the break and located themselves trapped on a bleak coral island with no water, nutrition, or protect. Leaderless, unarmed, and blind to Jeronimus’s treachery, they have been on the mercy of the mutineers.
Jeronimus took keep an eye on shortly, preaching his personal twisted model of heresy he’d realized in Holland’s mystery Anabaptist societies. greater than a hundred humans died at his command within the months that undefined. sooner than lengthy, an all-out conflict erupted among the mutineers and a small staff of squaddies led by way of Wiebbe Hayes, the only guy courageous sufficient to problem Jeronimus’s band of butchers.
Unluckily for the mutineers, the Batavia’s commander had raised the alarm in Java, and on the top of the violence the Company’s gunboats sailed over the horizon. Jeronimus and his mutineers could meet an finish nearly as ugly as that of the innocents whose blood had run at the small island they referred to as Batavia’s Graveyard.
Impeccably researched and wonderfully written, Batavia’s Graveyard is the subsequent vintage of narrative nonfiction, the e-book that secures Mike Dash’s position as one of many most interesting writers of the style.
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That illustrates an issue that will recur throughout this book. Whenever some scientist claims to have discovered “the earliest X”—whether X is the earliest human fossil in Europe, the earliest evidence of domesticated corn in Mexico, or the earliest anything anywhere—that announcement challenges other scientists to beat the claim by finding something still earlier. In reality, there must be some truly “earliest X,” with all claims of earlier X’s being false.
Part 2, entitled “The Rise and Spread of Food Production” and consisting of Chapters 4–10, is devoted to what I believe to be the most important constellation of ultimate causes. Chapter 4 sketches how food production—that is, the growing of food by agriculture or herding, instead of the hunting and gathering of wild foods—ultimately led to the immediate factors permitting Pizarro’s triumph. But the rise of food production varied around the globe. As we shall see in Chapter 5, peoples in some parts of the world developed food production by themselves; some other peoples acquired it in prehistoric times from those independent centers; and still others neither developed nor acquired food production prehistorically but remained hunter-gatherers until modern times.
The time is now ripe for a fresh look at these questions, because of new information from scientific disciplines seemingly remote from human history. Those disciplines include, above all, genetics, molecular biology, and biogeography as applied to crops and their wild ancestors; the same disciplines plus behavioral ecology, as applied to domestic animals and their wild ancestors; molecular biology of human germs and related germs of animals; epidemiology of human diseases; human genetics; linguistics; archaeological studies on all continents and major islands; and studies of the histories of technology, writing, and political organization.
Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny by Mike Dash