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The Dutch fortress of Fort Belgica guards the narrow waters separating Pulau Neira, Pulau Lonthoir and Gunung Api. The sky-high prices nutmeg could fetch in Europe justified these expensive fortifications.
Where money grows on trees

October 2nd 2006
Eyes still heavy with sleep, I extract myself from my little niche to have a look around. No sooner has my head risen above the edge of the parapet that a terrifically strong wind threatens to blow me off the ferry ! It must be about 6am, and our destination is in sight, dead ahead. A place I have dreamt of visiting for years - the Banda Islands. The Bandas are a small cluster of islands about ... read more
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Indonesian Flag The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
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