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The Coming of the Dutch

I t was not long after the survivors of the Liejde's appalling voyage had been helped ashore by kindly hands at Oita that the Dutch learned that a sizeable handful, if no more, of their fellow-countrymen had survived to reach Japan. Oliver van Noord of Utrecht was at anchor in a harbour in Borneo in January 1601 when he learned from the Portuguese pilot of a Japanese junk that the Liejde had reached Japan and that some of her crew had survived.