Malacca, Thailand, and Philippines. Bibliography of Dutch Colonial History 17th-18th century

Written by Marco Ramerini. English text revision by Dietrich Köster.



– Various Authors, “Siamese king sent diplomats to “king” Maurits at The Hague”, in: “Windmill Herald”, n°813, 814, September 9 & 23, 1996

– Brummelhuis, Han ten, “Merchant, Courtier and Diplomat: A History of the Contacts between The Netherlands and Thailand”, 116 pp., Uitgeversmaatschappij de Tijdstroom, 1987, Lochem and Gent, The Netherlands.

– Smith, George Vinal, “The Dutch in seventeenth century-Thailand”, x, 203pp., Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Special Report No. 16, Northern Illinois University, 1977, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

– Terpstra, H., “De factorij der VOC te Patani”, 1938, ‘s-Gravenhage, The Netherlands.

– van der Kraan, A., “On Company business: the Rijckloff van Goens mission to Siam, 1650”, in: “Itinerario”, vol. XXII, 2/1998, pp. 42-84.

– van der Kraan, A., “The Dutch in Siam: Jeremias van Vliet and the 1636 incident at Ayutthaya”, in: “UNEAC, Asia Papers” n° 3/2000 pp. 1-14.

– van Der Kraan, A., “At the Court of King Prasat-Thong: An early 17th century Account by Jeremias van Vliet, in: “UNEAC, Asia Papers”, n° 3/2000, pp. 15-51.

– van Goor, Jurrien, “Merchant in royal service: Constant Phaulkon as Phraklang in Ayuthaya 1683-1688”, in: “An Expanding World”, vol. n°4. Disney, A., “Historiography of Europeans in Africa and Asia 1450-1800”, Ashgate, Variorum, vol. n° 4, 1995; pp. 265-288. Also in: “Emporia, commodities and entrepreneurs in Asia maritime trade 1400-1750”, pp. 445-465, 1991, Stuttgart.


– Various Authors, “The Dutch and Perak”, in: “A history of Perak” pp. 24-60.

– Andaya, Barbarba Watson, “Melaka under the Dutch 1641-1795”, in: “Melaka – The Transformation of a Malay Capital ca. 1400-1980”, vol. one edited by Kernial Singh Sandhu and Paul Wheatley. p. 195-241.

– Andaya, Leonard Yuzon, “The Kingdom of Johor 1641-1728: a study of economic and political developments in the straits of Malacca”, 458 pp., unpublished Ph.D Thesis, Cornell University, 1971.

– Arasaratnam, S., “Dutch commercial policy and interests in the Malay peninsula, 1750-1795”, in: “An Expanding World”, vol. n° 10. Prakash, Om, “European commercial expansion in early modern Asia”, pp. 177-207. Also in: “The age of partnership, Europeans in Asia before dominion”, Honolulu, 1979, pp. 159-189.

– Bort, Balthasar (M.J. Bremmer, translator), “Report of Governor Balthasar Bort on Malacca, 1678”, 232 pp., Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 5, part 1 (1927).

– Coolhaas, W. Ph., “Malacca under Jan van Riebeeck”, in: Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 38, part 2, (1965), pp. 173-182.

– Harrison, Brian, ” Holding the Fort: Melaka Under Two Flags, 1795-1845″ xiv, 148pp. with illustrated plates and maps, The Malaysian branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1985, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

– Hoffman, E., “The siege and fall of Malacca”, MA Thesis, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia.

– Hayes Hoyt, Sarnia “Old Malacca”, xii, 84 pages, 16 pp., colour plates, Oxford Paperbacks, 1997, Singapore. A pocket history to the oldest of the cosmopolitan entrepôt city states in Malaysia including a series of illustrations from colonial times to the present.

– Irwin, G. W., “Melaka fort”, in: “Melaka – The Transformation of a Malay Capital ca. 1400-1980”, vol. one edited by Kernial Singh Sandhu and Paul Wheatley. pp. 195-241, several maps. The history of the fort of Malacca during the Portuguese and Dutch time. A detailed historical research.

– Ketelaars, Toine, “Living Apart Together – Ethnic Diversity in Dutch Malacca 1640-1690”, pp. 20. A very interesting paper with various information on the numerical and ethnical composition of Dutch Malacca.

– Kruyt, J.A., “Iets over de vestiging der Nederlanders in Perak”, 1890 Batavia.

– Leupe, P.A., “The siege and capture of Malacca from the Portuguese in 1640-1641”, JMBRAS, vol. 14, part 1, (1936). pp. 1-176. Index: The occupation of the Straits of Malacca 1636-1639, the siege and the capture of Malacca 1640-1641, commissary Justus Schouten’s report of his visit to Malacca 1641.

– Lewis, Dianne, “Jan compagnie in the Straits of Malacca 1641-1795”, 176 pp., map, Ohio University Center for International Studies, 1995, Athens, Ohio, USA. A good book on Malacca/Dutch history. Index: The Dutch conquest and its aftermath, the crisis with Johor 1700-1718, the Dutch company and the Bugis opting for neutrality, Dutch alliance with Malays, neutrality revisited, neutrality abandoned: the Dutch capture of Riau, the VOC’s “forward movement” in the Straits of Malacca.

– Maxwell, W.E., “The Dutch in Perak”, in: JSBRAS 10, 1882, pp. 245-268.

– Maxwell, W.E., “The Dutch occupation of the Dindings”, in: JSBRAS 14, 1885, pp. 169- ?

– Sandhu K. and Wheatley P., ” Melaka; The Transformation of a Malay Capital, ca.1400 – 1980″, 816 + 784 pp., 2 volumes, illustrated throughout, OUP/Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1983, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A complete study on Malacca town from the beginning till today, with a bibliography of Melaka studies.

– Smith, W. H., “The Portuguese in Malacca during the Dutch period”, in: STUDIA, N° 7, pp. 87-106, 1961, Lisbon, Portugal.

– Sta Maria, Bernard, “My people, my country. The story of the Malacca Portuguese community”, 236 pp., Malacca Portuguese Development Centre, 1982, Malacca. Draws attention to role of lay groups in keeping the faith particularly during the Dutch period.

– Sta Maria, Joseph, “Undi nos by di aki? Where do we go from here?, Portuguese land title dilemma”, vi + 89 pp., Sakti Bersatu Enterprises, 1994, Melaka, Malaysia.

– van Hasselt, “The object and results of a Dutch expedition into the interior of Sumatra in the years 1877, 1878 and 1879”, pp. 39-59.

– Valentyn, F., “Valentyn’s description of Malacca”, Translated from François Valentyn’s “History of Malacca (anno 1726)”, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 13, June 1884, pp. 49-74b. Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 15, June 1885; pp. 119-138. Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 16, June 1886; pp. 289-301. Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 17, June 1887; pp. 225-246.

– Verhoeven, “The lost archives of Dutch Malacca 1641-1824”, pp. 11-27, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 37, part 2, 1964, Singapore.

– Vis, Laurens, “The Stadthuys of Malacca: restoration proposal”, 71 pp., National Museum, 1982, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


– Blumentritt, Fernando, “Filipinas: ataques de los holandeses en los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII: bosquejo historico”, 69 pp., Imprenta de Fortanet, 1882, Madrid.

About Marco Ramerini

I did historical research on the history of geographical exploration and colonialism, particularly on the spice islands, the Moluccas. I have designed and written some internet sites including the site dedicated to the history of geographical exploration and colonialism. Then the site dedicated to my region: Tuscany. As well as many other travel sites in different languages. Traveler, writer of online tourist guides. I research and write about history. Finally I am passionate about astronomy and photography.