The Bay of Brunei

This woodprint shows James Brooke's local supporters landing in Brunei in support of the Royal Navy and united against the attempted palace coup by Hashim Jelal. Although the Sultan initially fled into the interior, he sheepishly returned to agree to British terms and remain in place of a much diminished Brunei sultancy. He had also opened the door, however slightly, to British direct colonial interest in the area as they took control of Labuan as a direct Crown Colony with the intention of its use by the Royal Navy for anti-piracy patrols.



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