Locations index

Rulers from more than 350 different locations in and around Asia sent diplomatic letters to Batavia Castle during the 1625-1812 period. These were selected for the current digitisation project. This page provides in a clear overview and a map showing these locations in relation to Batavia and the details of the correspondence, such as the amount of letters received and sent.

A world map showing all the locations found in the incoming and outgoing diplomatic letters from Batavia:

Download the full KML file with the geographical coordinates of all locations here:

The top ten locations from which letters were written to and received from Batavia:

Download the full overview here, sorted by their number of letters:

Download the full overview here, sorted geographically:

Browsing and searching for locations

The locations were the respective administrative and political centres, and residences of the rulers. Sometimes these centres (kratons, palaces) still exist. The location names are given by their modern name and are grouped alphabetically under that name. Locations may have different alternative names and usually they have a known geographical position on the world map. For research purposes, the location’s modern name is used throughout.

Place Number of letters Location
Ayer Banggi Sumatra > South East Asia 1
Ayutthaya Ayutthaya Historical Park/King Narai's Palace > Thailand > Siam > South East Asia 378
Babakan Java/Bali > South East Asia 3
Bacan Keraton Sultan Bacan, Labuha (original palace destroyed) > Moluccas > South East Asia 202
Badung Denpasar > Java/Bali > South East Asia 18
Bali Klungkung Palace > Klungkung > Java/Bali > South East Asia 8
Banda Neira Fort Belgica > Moluccas > South East Asia 7
Bandar Abbas Gamron > Persia > South Asia 7
Bandar Khalipah Sumatra > South East Asia 1
Bandung Krapyak or Citeureup > Java/Bali > South East Asia 26
Bangil Pendopo Bangil > Pasuruan > Java/Bali > South East Asia 1
Bangka Benteng Toboali > Banka > Sumatra > South East Asia 4
Bangkalan Pendopo Bangkalan/Museum Cakraningrat > Java/Bali > Madura > South East Asia 117
Bangkok Grand Palace/Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang > Thailand > Siam > South East Asia 6
Bani Bani Timor > South East Asia 6
Banjarmasin Kayu Tangi > Borneo > Banjar > South East Asia 265
Banten Surosowan Palace > Java/Bali > South East Asia 807
Barus Gedung Putih', Istana Barus, Kampung Barus (exact location unknown) > Sumatra > South East Asia 81
Batang Java/Bali > South East Asia 8
Batavia Castle of Batavia > Java/Bali > South East Asia 8537