In 1628 the Batavia was built in Amsterdam by order of the Dutch East India Company. On her maiden voyage she was wrecked off the coast of Australia. Of the 341 crew, most reached a small island. As the island held no water or food, commander Pelsaert decided to try to get to Batavia (today called Jakarta) by a small boat. After he left together with some of the ship’s officers, a murderous mutiny was started on the island by one of the company’s officials. More than hundred people were killed by him and his followers. When Pelsaert finally returned he defeated and captured the mutineers and took the survivors to Batavia.