It was a dramatic moment: The daughters of the reverend Hambroeck begged him to stay in fort Zeelandia and not return to the one giving his orders, the Chinese admiral Coxinga. They were afraid that Coxinga was going to kill the vicar. After all, Hambroeck did not carry out his orders of forcing the Dutch in the besieged fortress to surrender. On the contrary, the brave vicar encouraged the VOC governor Frederick Coyett to continue the battle. After Formosa had fallen, the vicar was beheaded together with other Dutch people on Formosa.
The self-sacrifice of the reverend Hambroeck on Formosa in 1662
Jan Willem Pieneman, 1810
On loan from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam