Batavia: Betrayal, Shipwreck, Murder, Sexual Slavery, Courage a Spine-chilling Chapter in Australian History [Audiobook] by Peter FitzSimons
English | December 13rd, 2012 | ASIN: B00ANRRAXK | M4B@96 kbps | 17 hrs 00 mins | 296.23 MB
Narrator: Richard Aspel
The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over, quickly deciding that 250 people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have.