What's Your Verdict?

For close to four hundred years, writers have fought over what actually happened on Amboyna in 1623. For much of this time, the debate has split along national lines. Most English writers have insisted that no plot existed, while the bulk of Dutch historians are clear that there was some sort of conspiracy and hence that the legal proceedings were fundamentally justified. This site aims to take you into the heart of the case and to give you the information you need to make your own decision. Working through six key controversies, you will get an opportunity to assess the evidence on both sides while listening to expert legal commentary from a distinguished barrister (lawyer) with thousands of hours of experience in the courtroom. At the end, your answers will be collated to produce a final verdict. Choose wisely because the case rests in your hands.