Banjarmasin War, 1859-1863

The Banjarmasin War (in old spelling Bandjermasin War, Dutch “Expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo”) (1859–1863) was a colonial war for the restoration of Dutch authority in the eastern and southern section of Borneo.

State map and Dutch military operations during the Banjar War. The location of the Dutch military was shown by the Dutch flag. Roman numerals, referring to military districts, larger military districts in double red lines. Lamb Colonel Verspyck parade through the forest to Bayan Bego.


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About the Banjarmasin War, 1859–1863

The Kraton (palace) of the Sultan of Bandjermasin

The Banjarmasin War (in old spelling Bandjermasin War, Dutch “Expeditie naar de Zuider- en Oosterafdeling van Borneo”) (1859–1863) was a colonial war for the restoration of Dutch authority in the eastern and southern section of Borneo.
In 1852 the  heir-apparent of the sultanate of Banjar died, and the Dutch replaced him by the illegitimate grandson Tamjied Illah.
In vain, Sultan Adam and many nobles in 1853 sent an embassy to Batavia, pointing out iniquities perpetrated by the Dutch-designated heir and appealing for the Dutch to recognize instead Hidayatullah – a younger but legitimate son.

The Onrust in Lalutung Tuor.


Sultan Adam died in 1857 and was succeeded by the illegitimate Tamjied Illah. There ensued a struggle for power between Tamjied Illah and Hidayatullah, which divided the population, much of which stood behind Hidayatullah and highly resented the Dutch sponsoring of Tamjied Illah.
The Dutch Resident proved unfit for his job, underestimating the signs of an approaching uprising. The resistance of the population soon turned against Dutch authority, and began to take shape of a religious war.
The fear and powerlessness of Tamjied Illah fed the riots, which assumed large dimensions. In response, the Dutch government embarked on intervention, sending Colonel Augustus Johannes Andresen, who on April 29, 1859 assumed military command at to Bandjermasin. On May 1 he suspended the Resident and himself took up civil administration as well. The Dutch dismissed Tamjidullah from the sultan’s seat, the Dutch dissolved the Sultanate of Banjar. On 25 June 1859, the Dutch East Indies exiled Sultan Tamjidullah II to Buitenzorg, Java.
– Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banjarmasin_War

The steamship Celebes fighting with armed Dayak vessels