Wokam Fort Kota Lama

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Wokam Fort Kota Lama


Dutch fort and church, Wokam (Sites 1 and 2) The first fort on the site was built sometime after 1650 A.D. and is known locally as Kota Lama Wokam (Wokam old village). It is under the custodianship of the Education Department and is occasionally visited by tourists. The fort is adjacent to the beach and commands the entrance to the channel between Wokam and Wamar Islands. The coral block walls are in generally good condition, and measure approximately 50 by 35 m with the longest axis parallel to the beach. There are remains of corner bastions, and attached to the west, sea-facing wall is a rectangular blockhouse. Among the internal structures are a stone-walled building in the southern half of the fort with five internal rooms and with its external walls well-preserved. Foundations of another stone building are also IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WALLACE { PAGE } visible in the southern half of the fort. In the northeast corner is a stonelined well. Coconuts have been planted within the walls. There is an entrance on the sea side immediately south of the blockhouse and a blocked larger entrance opposite it in the east, inland side with door slots preserved. Porcelain and bottle glass sherds are found inside the fort and there are dumps of porcelain and bottle glass outside the fort to the east, and between the fort and the church. South of the fort are the remains of a stone church, with its walls remaining to the full height in some places. The church has three windows on each side and a small door to the seaward side as well as a larger one at the inland, eastern end. The present site of Wokam village is immediately south of the church site. Valentijn (1858 [1722], vol. 3, 36–38) described Wokam as the main village in the Aru Islands and noted that around 1700 A.D. there were a sergeant, a corporal, and 10 or 12 soldiers stationed in the fort.

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