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Hamel and his mates, left Batavia for Japan in the 17th century, unexpectedly arrived in Jeju, and returned to their home 14 years later.

Through 'The Report of Hendrick Hamel', an unknown land, Joseon was introduced throughout the Europe.


The Hamel Trail is a sea route where Hamel and his mates went through until they returned to their home.


Texel - Batavia - Taiwan - Jeju-do. . . . Yeosu - Nagasaki - Batavia - Netherlands


In Nov. 1650, Hamel left Netherlands and went on a voyage by a trading vessel.

On July 4, 1651, he took the Vogal Struijs and arrived in Batavia, Java.

Hamel and his mates arriving in Batavia made the round throughout the East Asia to carry trade before June 18, 1653 when they started on a voyage by Sperwer.

On June 18, 1653, Hamel and his mates changed into the Sperwer and left for Fomosa(present Taiwan). Hamel was promoted as bookkeeper. The captain was Ehbertch and the number of people on board was 64.

On July 16, 1653, they arrived in Taiwan and a new Governor-general, Cornelis Ceasar was discharged and on July 30, 1653, they left for Japan.
They faced a strong wind and a high wave on a rough sea and were finally cast in Daeyasu, Jeju-do on Aug. 16, 1653.

After being castaway, they lived in Joseon for 13 years and 28 days. Eight(8) person including Hamel succeeded in escaping from Yeosu on Sept. 1666 and arrived in Nagasaki. They were examined about the shipwreck and internment in Joseon. Joseon and Japan negotiated about the remaining people staying behind in Joseon. Hamel and his mates had to stay in Deshima, Nagasaki for one year for questioning.

On Oct. 22, 1667,
they left Nagasaki by the Spriup and went to Batavia on Nov. 28, 1667.

They left Batavia by Preheit on Dec. 23 and arrived in Netherlands on July 20, 1668.
However, Hamel remained alone in Batavia and returned home with people staying behind in Joseon in 1670.







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