Dutch Sources on South Asia : C. 1600-1825: Vol. 6: Between Colombo and the Cape: Letters in Tamil, Dutch and Sinhala, Sent to Nicolaas Ondaatje from Ceylon, Exile at the Cape of Good Hope (1728-1737)

By: Herman Tieken

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Contents: Introduction. 1. The ondaatjes of Colombo and their world. 2. Nicolaas Ondaatje at the cape. 3. Letters, gifts, and slaves. 4. How a letter was written. II. The letters: 5. Introduction to the letters. 6. Translation. 7. Transcription. Bibliography. Index. In 1728, the Ceylonese Chettiyar Nicolaas Ondaatje was sent into exile to the Cape of Good hope where he died in 1737, only a few months before the end of his term. All these years Nicolaas Ondaatje kept in contact with his family and friends in Ceylon through letters in Tamil, Dutch and Sinhala. His own letters are lost but those he received have been preserved. These letters give an intimate picture of an early eighteenth-century elite Chettiyar community in Ceylon employed by the Dutch East India Company. By contrast at the Cape Nicolaas Ondaatje found himself in the company of the Free Blacks at the very bottom of the social ladder. Though as a convict he was allowed to move about freely, Ondaatje had to provide his won source of income, making a modest living, first as a doctor and trader and later as a home teacher. In the letters which are kept in the archive in cape town, we have chanced upon a classic case of subaltern history. Printed Pages: 322

Title: Dutch Sources on South Asia : C. 1600-1825: Vol. 6: Between Colombo and the Cape: Letters in Tamil, Dutch and Sinhala, Sent to Nicolaas Ondaatje from Ceylon, Exile at the Cape of Good Hope (1728-1737)

Author Name: Herman Tieken

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors: 2015

ISBN: 9789350980675

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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