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The Dutch Kerkhof: The largest Dutch Cemetery Outside the Netherland

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  15. Tari Saman / Saman Dance

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Overview

Around 2,000 Dutch soldiers were buried here, in the land that long ago had been very persistent to resist colonialism. The incident happened during the Aceh War (1873 – 1904), a war that is far much embittered than the Napoleon War, according to the Dutch historical pages. It is recorded that the Dutch invaded Aceh on April 8, 1873 by attacking the sultanate from the sea, shooting cannonballs from the war vessel, Citadel Van Antwerpen. At that time, the Dutch soldiers were accounted for around 3,198 men. Many had died, including Javanese, Ambonese, Batak, and other Indonesian ethnic soldiers sent by the Dutch. The cemetery is now the largest Dutch cemetery after the one in the Netherland.

The Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman was captured as the Aceh Sultanate could not stop the Dutch invasion. However, in the first period of war (1873 – 1874), the Aceh people could defeat the assault. Johan Harmen Rodolf Kohler, the spearhead of the assault, himself died at that time. The grueling part was to retract the mosque. The war continued up to four waves, whereby guerilla was the method that finally ruined the Dutch agreement with the Aceh Sultanate that came to its surrender. Cut Nyak Dhien was the one who led the guerilla and kept fighting the colonialism, until she was finally captured, isolated, and died in Sumedang, West Java.

Getting There and around
The site is in the downtown of Banda Aceh. Going by bicycle or motorcycle is possible and convenient to see other historical attractions and related destinations.


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