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"Building Batavia" on History

Photo Credit: History

Photo Credit: History

In 1619, the Dutch took control of what is now Jakarta and tried to turn it into a tropical Amsterdam complete with canals, financial facilities and transport infrastructure.

How did they do it, and what remains of their grand plan?

Building Batavia premieres on Wednesday (31 December) at 9:00pm (SIN/HK) on History Channel.