Trunajaya

Trunajaya (Madurese) or Tronajâyâ, also known as Panembahan Maduretno (1649 – 2 January 1680[1]), was a prince and warlord from Arosbaya, Bangkalan, Madura, known for leading a rebellion against the rulers of the Mataram Sultanate on the island of Java.

Rebellion

Trunajaya was born in Madura. In 1674 he led a revolt against Amangkurat I and Amangkurat II of Mataram.[2] He was supported by itinerant fighters from Makassar led by Kraeng Galesong.[2] The Trunajaya rebellion moved swiftly and strong, and captured the Mataram court at Plered in mid-1677.

The Mataramish king, Amangkurat I, escaped to the north coast with his eldest son, the future king Amangkurat II, leaving his younger son Pangeran Puger in Mataram. Apparently more interested in profit and revenge than in running a struggling empire, the rebel Trunajaya looted the court and withdrew to his stronghold in Kediri, East Java, leaving Prince Puger in control of a weak court.

While on his way to Batavia in order to ask the Dutch for help, Amangkurat I died in the village of Tegalarum near Tegal just after his expulsion, making Amangkurat II king in 1677.[2] He too was nearly helpless, having fled without an army or a treasury to build one. In an attempt to regain his kingdom, he made substantial concessions to the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in Batavia, who then went to war to reinstate him. He promised to give VOC the port town of Semarang if they lent him troops.[2]

The Dutch agreed, since for them, a stable Mataram empire that was deeply indebted to them would help ensure continued trade on favourable terms. The multinational Dutch forces, consisting of light-armed troops from Makassar and Ambon, in addition to heavily equipped European soldiers, first defeated Trunajaya in Kediri in November 1678. Trunajaya himself was captured in 1679 near Ngantang west of Malang. He was executed by order of Amangkurat II in Payak, Bantul, on 2 January 1680.

Legacy

The Trunajaya rebellion is remembered with pride as a heroic struggle by the Madurese people, against foreign forces of the Mataramish state and the Dutch VOC. Today his career is commemorated as the name of Trunojoyo Airport in Sumenep and Trunojoyo University in Bangkalan, Madura.

Reference

  • de Graaf, H. J. (1976) [1952]. "Capture and death of Raden Truna Jaya, December 1679 – January 1680". Islamic States in Java 1500–1700. By Pigeaud, Th.; de Graaf, H. J. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. pp. 82–84.
  • Soekmono, R. (2003) [1973]. Pengantar Sejarah Kebudayaan Indonesia 3 (in Indonesian) (2nd ed.). Yogyakarta: Penerbit Kanisius. ISBN 979-413-291-8.

Notes

  1. ^ de Graaf 1976, p. 81.
  2. ^ a b c d Soekmono 2003, p. 68.

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