A Dutch Castaway on Ascension Island in 1725

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Lulu.com, 2006 - 145 pagine
On 5 May 1725 a Dutch ship's officer, Leendert Hasenbosch, was set ashore on the desert island of Ascension in the South Atlantic Ocean, as a punishment for sodomy. He tried to survive on turtles and birds but found very little water on the barren island. He wrote a diary. He probably died after about half a year. In January 1726 British mariners found his tent, diary and other things and brought the diary to England. In 1728 a first English version of the diary of the Dutch castaway was published. Other versions followed. Who was the castaway? The truth was disclosed by the Dutch historian Michiel Koolbergen (1953-2002), in a posthumously published book in Dutch. With the support of Michiel Koolbergen's family and publisher, this new book discloses the truth in English. This book is illustrated with line drawings, both historic ones and by the Dutch artist Anneke de Vries.
 

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A Dutch castaway on Ascension in 1725 myth or reality?
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Ascension Island around 1725 a hell on earth
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How Michiel Koolbergen identified the Dutch castaway
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c16951725 Life of Leendert Hasenbosch prior to his exile on Ascension
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May to October 1725 Leendert Hasenbosch on Ascension set ashore as a villain
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May to October 1725 a summary of the castaways stay on Ascension
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January 1726 British mariners discover the diary on Ascension
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When where and how did Leendert Hasenbosch die?
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17261728 Did Daniel Defoe fictionalise the Dutch diary?
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1730 and 1978 the story of the Dutch castaway is faked
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The Dutch East India Company VOC a short history
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The VOC and the detestable crime of sodomy
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The marooning of Leendert Hasenbosch compared with other maroonings around 1700
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Another Dutchman on Ascension
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LITERATURE
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