This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.

Raden Panjang

““““The Name of the Dutch Cannon Located in the Village of Kedotan

Dutch Cannon

Dutch Cannon
Currently on display in the front yard of SD N 119 (Elementary School #119)

The Village of Kedotan proudly displays a cannon which dates back to the Dutch occupation of Jambi.

This cannon is currently located in the front yard of Elementary School #119 (SD Negeri 119 / IX).

From interviews with people in the village, and teachers at the elementary school, no information about the cannon’s origin, nor a date for when it was brought to the village could be determined. We did, however, find one elderly man, Pak (Mr.) Abdullah, who told us the following story (legend) about the cannon’s origin:

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Cannons

This is the main military base in the City of Jambi. The two cannons are located in the yard behind the flag pole.

A number of months ago we visited the home of the Komandant (commander) of the local military detachment here in Jambi (we didn’t enter the home, just the yard). We stopped for the visit because we saw there were two cannons in the front yard and we were very curious about their history.

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MUSEUM PERJUANGAN RAKYAT JAMBI

Statue of the renowned Jambi ruler who led a long term resistance against Dutch domination: Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin.

Statue of the renowned Jambi ruler who led a long term resistance against Dutch domination: Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin.

In the center of the City of Jambi there is a war museum that very well illustrates the struggle the Jambi Province had in the nations efforts for independence from Dutch colonialism.

If you are in the city, and you want to get a quick overview of the history, this is the location to go (it only costs 10 cents US to enter). The satellite location of this museum can be found with this link.

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