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Fine early view of Bantam (Banten) which illustrated the work of Francois Valentijn.

Includes a key locating about 30 points of interest.

François Valentijn (1666-1727), a missionary, worked at Amboina from 1684 to 1694 and 1705 to 1713. He also traveled extensively in the territory of the Dutch East India Company. He is best known for his monumental history and description, Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën which remains one of the most important primary sources for the East Indies and neighboring lands.

The Banten Sultanate was founded in the 16th century and centred in Banten, a port city on the northwest coast of Java; the contemporary English spelling of both was Bantam. It is said to have been founded by Sunan Gunungjati, who had previously founded Cirebon.