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Portrait of Pieter Philip Jurriaan Quint Ondaatje, born Colombo 18 June 1758, a popular leader in Utrecht, died Batavia 30 April 1818.

House of Quint Ondaatje

Lange Nieuwstraat 18

A revolutionary leader from Utrecht — You are in front of the house where in the late 18th century Quint Ondaatje devised bold plans for a revolution.

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This patriot was one of the most important freedom fighters during the ‘Batavian Revolution’ which took place between 1795 and 1801. During this period, the foundations of the modern-day Netherlands are laid: the origins of human rights, the separation of church and state and the introduction of a constitution.

Quint was charismatic, he fought for democracy and his pen was mightier than many a sword. Time and again, he urged the disgruntled citizens of Utrecht to stand up against the ‘Orangist’ rulers (supporters of the Stadtholder-Prince of Orange). It is left to us to guess how many plans he devised in his little room and which grand revolutions they were supposed to hatch?

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