Catalogue of the Archives of the Dutch Central Government of Coastal Ceylon, 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

   The Governor in Council.

   External affairs.

Documents relating to the expeditions against the Portuguese.
The original spelling of the geographical names has been retained in this section.
The following documents indicate, more than those in any other section of this catalogue, the place occupied by Ceylon among the possessions of the V.O.C., and her importance in world affairs in general during the latter half of the 17th century.
The struggle between the Dutch and the Portuguese, which after 1640 was fought chiefly in the colonies, affected Ceylon directly from 1638 - 1658.
The game of political intrigues however, was continued in India, when the two European nations tried to make the best use of the native princes for their particular interests. The ambitious efforts of the Dutch to conquer Goa, the Portuguese centre in the East, were never successful. On the west coast, the capture of Cochin in 1661 may be considered to be the final success of the Dutch in a series of efforts to dominate Malabar. The history of this period, particularly that of Ceylon, is covered by two Dutch publications: W. van Geer, De opkomst van het Nederlandsch gezag over Ceylon, Leiden 1895; and J. Aalbers, Rijckloff van Goens, Commissaris en Veldoverste der Oost-Indische Compagnie, en zijn arbeidsveld, 1653/54 en 1657/58, Groningen 1916.
3378
Log-book kept on board the ship "Phoenix", commander Adriaan Roothaas, on a voyage from Batavia off Ceylon to Goa; with some minutes of meetings held aboard ship. Copies.
1657 August - 1658 May 8.
 
A picture of this ship is found in J. Aalbers' publication, p. 172
Damaged. Papers missing. Badly bound.
3379
Minutes of a meeting of Council on board the ship "Phoenix", during the expedition of admiral Roothaas against Goa. Copy.
1658 April 22.
1 page only.
A picture of this ship is found in J. Aalbers' publication, p. 172.
Damaged. Badly bound.
3380
Terms of capitulation of the fort St. François [Hammenhiel] to the Dutch on Copy.
1658 April 26.
 
" 't Portugesche waterfort, St. Franciskus off Kais genaemt" van Dam II, 2, p. 272.
Damaged.
Published: Corpus Diplomaticum, II, p. 116.
3381
Log-book kept on board the ship " 't Wapen van Hollandt", commander Adriaan Roothaas. Copy.
1658 August 7 - 1659 February.
 
Damaged. Papers missing. Badly bound.
3382
Minutes of council meetings held on board the ship " 't Wapen van Hollandt". Copies.
1658 September 30 - 1659.
 
Damaged. Badly bound.
3383
Log-book kept on board the ship "d'Anjelier", during the expedition of Adriaan Roothaas as commander of the fleet to Goa. Copy. 1660 October - 1661 November.
Damaged. Papers missing. Badly bound.
3384
Minutes of meetings of the general ships' council held on board the ship "d'Anjelier", during the expedition of Roothaas as commander of the fleet to Goa.
1660 November 2 - 1661 March 27.
 
Damaged.
Copies of these minutes appear in no. 3383. The instruction issued to Roothaas appears in no. 2221.
3385
Diary kept by the "resident" Dircq van Dam during his stay in Cananoor and Barselore on the west coast of India. Unsigned.
1661 February 2 - 1662 February 28.
 
3386
Report submitted to the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens by "koopman" Jacob Borchorst and "fiscaal" François Montanier, regarding their transactions before and at Cranganoor, in terms of the commission issued to them. 1662 February 25.
Damaged.
3387
Memoir of instructions issued by the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens to "commandeur" Adriaan Roothaas, issued in the ship "de Nooteboom", lying at anchor at Cranganoor. Certified copy made in Galle on .
1662 April 21
1 document.
1662 March 10.
1 document.
Damaged.
Certified by the sworn clerk Marten Huysman. The superintendent van Goens proceeded to Batavia, leaving Roothaas and Godsken in charge of affairs on the Malabar coast.
3388
Instructions issued by the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens and his council for the guidance of Abraham Verspreit and his council at Cranganoor, issued in the ship "Muschaatboom". Certified copy made in Galle on .
1662 April 18
1 document.
1662 March 12.
1 document.
Certified by the sworn clerk Marten Huysman. The instructions are signed by: Rijckloff van Goens, Adriaan Roothaas and Lucas van Weerden.
3389
Letter from the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens and his council in Coylan to Adriaan Roothaas, "commandeur" of Cranganoor, Paliport and Baypin, and his council. Certified copy.
1662 March 17.
1 document.
Certified by the sworn clerk Marten Huysman. The letter is signed by Rijckloff van Goens and Ysbrand Godsken.
3390
Letter from the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens and "commandeur" Ysbrand Godsken in Coylan to the "oppercoopman" Reynier Serooskerk and the "ondercoopman" Willem Hendrik Ebielingh at Calcoylan from Coylan. Certified copy made at Galle 1662 April 21.
1662 March 17.
1 document.
Certified by the sworn clerk Marten Huysman.
3391
Letter from the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens in Coylan to the "commandeur" Adriaan Roothaas, of Cranganoor and Baypin, and his council. Certified copy made in Galle on 1662 April 18.
1662 March 23.
1 document.
Certified by the sworn clerk Marten Huysman.
3392
Letter from the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens and his council in Coylan to the "commandeur" of Cranganoor and Baypin, Adriaan Roothaas and his council. Certified copy made in Galle. 1662 April 21.
1662 March 29.
1 document.
Certified by the sworn clerk Marten Huysman. The letter is signed by Rijckloff van Goens, Christiaen Poolman and Saint Martin.
3393
Orders issued in Coylan by the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens for the guidance of the "ondercoopman" Laurens Pijl on his commission to the king of Travancore. Certified copy made in Galle 1662 April 21.
1662 April 5.
1 document.
Certified by the sworn clerk Marten Huysman.
3394
Letter [from the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens] to Ysbrand Godsken, on the Malabar and Kanara coasts. Uncertified copy.
1662 April 8.
1 document.
3395
Memoir of instructions for Reynier Serooskerk at Calcoylan, issued by "commandeur" Ysbrand Godsken on the orders of the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens from Coylan. Uncertified copy.
1662 April 15.
1 document.
3396
Translations of letters from the king of Kanara, Bhadrapa Naik, to the governor-general at Batavia, Joan Maetsuycker, and to the superintendent Rijckloff van Goens; with translations of two royal mandates. Certified copies.
1662 April.
1 document.
Damaged.