September 30, 2011

The "Si Jagur", Canon

In 1641 the Dutch brought this canon from Malacca to Batavia (Jakarta) and positioned it in the castle. This 24 pounder canon shows an inscription which reads : Ex me ipsa renata sum (I was born out of myself) and the Latin ciphers X + I + V = XVI which means that 16 smaller canons were melted to create this big one. "Si Jagur" was probably made by M.T. Bocarro in Macao (China) for the Portuguese fortress in Malacca. The canon is situated in the backyard of the Jakarta History Museum.

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