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Francois Valentijn


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Francois Valentijn : Oudt en Nieuw Oost-Indie

'All I can say is that when seen from the top of a building, from whence the eye takes it in at one view, it does not look nearly so large as it seems to be when you walk about it. Valentijn, who wrote about and before the year 1726, says that in his time there wre within the walls 1242 Dutch houses, and 1200 Chinese; without 1066 Dutch and 1240 Chinese, besides twelve arrack houses. This number, however, appeared to me to be very highly exaggerated, those within the walls especially.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Banks      Print: Book


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