KARMA & THE FIRST WHITEY ON BALI
Dutchman Cornelius De Houtman was the first white man to set foot on Bali, and he set a horrible precedent for future crackers. Due to poor management on the trip from Rotterdam, 150 of his crew died of scurvy, to which Cornelius was unapologetic.
When Cornelius landed in Java, the Sultan came down to welcome him, but big Cornelius blew him off and shot some cannonballs in his direction. Soon after, in the Sunda Straight he was attacked by pirates, he got to Madura and believing the locals to be pirates he massacred them. Next stop on his feel-good public relations exercise through the archipelago was Bali, where he wrecked his boat on the reef at Balangan.
Realising he was a bit of a tool, the Balinese king gave him two sacks of pepper on proviso that once his boat was fixed he never set foot on the island again. Cornelius received his karma comeuppance shortly after when he insulted the good folk of Aceh in his demand for spices. On Sept 11, 1599, legendary lady, Admiral Malahayati challenged him to an ocean battle and dispatched him to a watery grave.
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