Australasia 1811: Interregnum in the Dutch East Indies

France’s occupation of the Netherlands during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars made the Dutch East Indies a proxy French colony. In 1810 the British invaded, seizing control of the Moluccas and many of the outlying islands. Despite French attempts to fortify and reorganize the colony, Java and the remaining islands would fall to the British in August–September 1811.

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? Dec 1809 Burning of the Boyd

In retaliation for the flogging of a local chief’s son, Māori attacked and burned the Sydney-based spar ship Boyd in Whangaroa Harbour, New Zealand, killing and eating up to 70 crew and passengers (all but four of those aboard). European whalers responded by attacking the Bay of Islands pa of Te Pahi, in the mistaken belief that he had ordered the killings. The massacre virtually ended voyages to New Zealand for the next few wikipedia

19 Feb–9 Aug 1810 British conquest of Moluccas

In early 1810 a British force under Captain Edward Tucker arrived off the Governorate of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies—at the time under French—and seized control of it and other Dutch possessions in the Moluccas. When news of Tucker’s success reached British India, reinforcements were sent to the region under the command of Captain Christopher Cole and captured the Banda Islands in August. The British held on to the islands until 1817, when they were returned to the wikipedia

9 Jul 1810 Annexation of Holland

After repulsing the British Walcheren Campaign in 1809, the French Imperial Army remained in the Kingdom of Holland to enforce the Continental System. Realizing that he no longer had any real power in his kingdom and with his relations with his older brother Napoleon already tense, Louis Bonaparte abdicated his throne as Louis I of Holland in favor of his five-year-old son Napoléon Louis Bonaparte, the nominal Grand Duke of Berg, on 1 July 1810. However, Napoleon rejected this compromise and permanently ended the Kingdom of Holland by annexing it to the French Empire a little over a week later. in wikipedia

18 Feb 1811 Indes-Orientales

In January 1808 Colonel-General Herman Willem Daendels arrived in Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies, to serve as governor-general on behalf of Louis Napoléon, the French King of Holland. Daendels immediately started building forts, hospitals, roads, and military facilities to prepare the colony for the British threat. In February 1811, following the annexation of Holland to France, the Dutch East Indies was officially reorganized as the French colony of wikipedia