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  Banda Islands - LoveToKnow 1911
BANDA ISLANDS, a group of the Dutch East Indies, consisting of three chief and several lesser islands in the Banda Sea, south of Ceram, belonging to the residency of Amboyna.
Banda, the chief town, on Neira, is a pleasant settlement, commanded by two Dutch forts of the early 17th century, Nassau and Belgica.
They remained in undisturbed possession until 1796, when the Banda Islands were taken by the British: They were restored by the treaty of Amiens in the year 1800, again captured, and finally restored by the treaty of Paris concluded in 1814.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Banda_Islands   (578 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Banda Sea Islands moist deciduous forests (AA0102)
The Banda Islands are part of the inner arc, whereas the rest of the ecoregion is part of the outer arc.
Although many of these islands are tiny and uninhabitable, the bird populations are seriously threatened by predatory rats and cats that have been accidentally released onto these islands and by the removal of their eggs for sale by fishers traveling through this area (Whitten and Whitten 1992).
We created the Banda Sea Islands Moist Deciduous Forests [AA0102] by combining the islands in the Kai and Tanimbar archipelagos, which were distinguished as a biogeographic unit by Monk et al.
www.worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/aa/aa0102_full.html   (1093 words)

 BANDA ISLANDS. The Columbia Encyclopedia: Sixth Edition. 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The capital and commercial center is Bandanaira, a seaport on Bandanaira island.
The largest island in the group is Bandalontar.
The islands were discovered and claimed by the Portuguese in 1512.
www.bartleby.com /aol/65/ba/BandaIsl.html   (80 words)

 Banda Islands - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Banda was the original and only source of the once precious spices, nutmeg and mace, whose trade had a significant impact on global history up to the 19th century, but particularly in the 15th-19th centuries.
The early European reports of the tropical Banda Islands described them as a jewel-like cluster surrounded by crystal waters and brilliant coral reefs, containing hills lined with aromatic spice trees on which perched flocks of green and red parrots, suggested to be the most beautiful cluster of islands in Maluku.
The Banda Islands, are situated in the eastern part of the Indo-Malayan archipelago, are a group of eleven small volcanic islands, namely Neira, Gunung Api, Banda Besar, Rhun, Ai, Hatta, Syahrir, karaka, Manukan, Nailaka and Batu Kapal, with an approximately land area of 8,150ha.
whc.unesco.org /en/tentativelists/2004   (366 words)

 Banda Island Tourism Object
The Banda group, about 160 kilometers southeast of Ambon, consists of three larger islands and seven smaller ones, perched on the rim of Indonesia's deepest sea, the Banda Sea.
Of the three biggest islands Banda, Banda-Neira and Mount Api, the first two are covered with nutmeg trees and other vegetation.
Banda saw some of the bloodiest episodes of Maluku's past history during the 17th century.
www.indonesia-tourism.com /maluku/banda.html   (322 words)

 John Seabrook | Stories | Soldiers and Spice: Indonesia
I found the Banda Islands, a few tiny specks in the midst of the South Pacific Ocean, but I couldn't distinguish Pulau Run, and I asked the Indonesian woman who was leading our small group whether she had heard of it.
In the Bandas, Des lives like an English country baronet, except that the fish are his hounds and the coral is his hunt, and when he returns from his forays into his watery estate one of his men kneels at his feet and strips off the master's aqua socks rather than his riding boots.
The islands had all the elements of paradise, at least in the sense in which tour operators use the word, but it was hard not to feel bad for the Bandanese.
www.booknoise.net /johnseabrook/stories/culture/indonesia   (7840 words)

 Maluku Islands Summary
Although cultures varied across this dispersed group of islands, there is a sense in which the Moluccas were a cosmopolitan society, in that traders from across the region took residence in Moluccan settlements, or in nearby enclaves, to conduct spice business.
Though other races re-settled the Banda Islands, the rest of Maluka remained uneasy under foreign control and even after the Portuguese had a new trading station at Macassar there were native revolts in 1636 and 1646.
Its capital is Ternate, on a small island to the west of the large island of Halmahera.
www.bookrags.com /Maluku_Islands   (1640 words)

 Banda Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Banda Islands (Indonesian: Kepulauan Banda) are a group of ten small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea, about 140km south of Seram island and about 2000km east of Java, and are part of the Indonesian province of Maluku.
Until the mid 19th century the Banda Islands were the only source of the spices nutmeg and mace, produced from the nutmeg tree.
Banda is the Blessed Land: sacred practice and identity in the Banda Islands, Maluku.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Banda_Islands   (1023 words)

 Indonesia Tourism : The Marine World in the Archipelago
There are about a thousand islands in the region, and most have excellent beaches, reefs and seascapes, almost anywhere less than a day's journey away from the population centres.
Southeast of the islands of Maluku is the small group of islands of Banda, the original nutmeg island.
The island of Banda Neira is seeped in history, starting from 1312 when the first Portuguese arrived on its shores, followed by the English and the Dutch, all eater for the golden nutmeg trade.
www.indonesia-tourism.com /general/m-mlku.html   (262 words)

 Banda Aceh - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Banda Aceh, city in north-western Sumatra, Indonesia, capital of the Aceh special autonomous district.
Banda Aceh lies at the mouth of the Krong...
Banda Islands, island group, eastern Indonesia, part of the Moluccas, or Spice Islands, in the Banda Sea, near Seram.
uk.encarta.msn.com /Banda_Aceh.html   (93 words)

 BANDA ISLANDS - Online Information article about BANDA ISLANDS
climate of the islands generally, though hot, is not unhealthy.
Shortly after, however, Banda Neira and Lontor were resigned by the natives to the British, and in 1620 Run and Wai were added to their dominions; but in spite of See also:
possession until 1796, when the Banda Islands were taken by the British.
encyclopedia.jrank.org /BAI_BAR/BANDA_ISLANDS.html   (749 words)

 Marine Assessment on Banda Island
In April 2001 The Indonesian Coral Reef Foundation was sub-contracted by UNESCO for co-ordinating the collection and analysis on secondary data on marine ecosystems of the Banda Islands.
This study was undertaken to generate a comprehensive description of the marine ecosystem on the Banda Islands.
Considering the small surface area of the Banda Islands, this diversity is extremely high, reflecting the high conservation value of this small archipelago.
www.unesco.or.id /activities/science/csi_sci/44.php   (617 words)

 nutmeg history
The authority Ternate held over the nutmeg-growing centre of the Banda Islands was quite limited, and the Portuguese failed to gain a serious foothold in the islands themselves.
The trade in nutmeg later became dominated by the Dutch in the 17th century, who managed to establish control over the Banda Islands after an extended military campaign that culminated in the massacre or expulsion of most of the islands' inhabitants in 1621.
Thereafter, the Banda Islands were run as a series of plantation estates, with the Dutch mounting annual expeditions in local war-vessels to extirpate nutmeg trees planted elsewhere.
www.spiceskerala.com /nutmeghistory.html   (697 words)

 The Japanese occupation of the Banda Sea Islands, 1942
Pulling in to the jetty at Saumlaki (Tanimbar Islands) early on the 31st the Chinampa was fired on from the shore and the commander of the Australian detachment on board was killed.
The Babar Island, located east of Timor Island, was occupied by the Japanese forces at 0310 on 30 July 1942 by a platoon of 3rd Yokosuka SNLF, transported by the submarine-chaser Ch21.
The Banda Island, located southeast of Ambon Island, was occupied by the Imperial Japanese troops on 8 May 1942.
www.geocities.com /dutcheastindies/banda_sea.html   (1460 words)

 Banda Islands - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Banda Islands group of 10 volcanic islands, c.70 sq mi (180 sq km), E Indonesia, in the Banda Sea, in the Moluccas.
Historic maps and archaeology as a means of understanding late precolonial settlement in the Banda Islands, Indonesia.
Body recovery becomes harder: Battling exhaustion and nightmares, volunteers soldier on with the task of finding corpses from the tsunami in Banda Aceh, on the island of Sumatra.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-bandai1sl.html   (288 words)

 Diving Banda, Dive Banda
Banda has long been thought a destination only to be visited with liveaboard dive vessels, whose limited itineraries curtail the length of time which can be spent in the Banda islands.
Spice Island Divers, a partner of Maluku Divers in Ambon, presents divers with the chance to explore the underwater delights of Banda, whilst offering extended time for exploration of the fascinating town.
Spice Island Divers offers the opportunity for divers to enjoy the topside and diving delights of a region which has for years remained remote and inaccessible.
www.divingbanda.com /index.html   (280 words)

 The Jakarta Post - The Journal of Indonesia Today
The rivalry for control and dominance of the spice trade in the Bandas became rather "testy" (to say the least) in the early 17th century, and there were numerous armed confrontations, and massacres, involving European crews and the resistant locals.
The town of Banda Neira boasts of having a number of old Dutch mansions, churches and forts, many in a state of disrepair, but still a reminder of all that was before.
Most islands of the Banda group have at least one Dutch or English fort, and are the site of an old Dutch nutmeg plantation, with associated crumbling building.
www.thejakartapost.com /yesterdaydetail.asp?fileid=20030810.M01   (1276 words)

 Pilot Guides.com: Spice Wars in the Banda Islands
They conquered the Banda islands which were the west's first experiments in plantation colonialism.
Banda was so rich at the time, people used to joke that when you shake a nutmeg tree golden guilders would fall down.
Already the island is beginning to take off as a tourist destination for the rich and famous, attracted by some of the richest and most varied marine life in the world and its smouldering island active volcano, Gunung Api.
www.pilotguides.com /destination_guide/asia/indonesia/spice_wars.php   (548 words)

 Scuba Diving Bali Indonesia Liveaboard Travel
Bay of Maumere, Alor, Islands of Gunung Api, Lucipara and Penyu, Islands of Banda, Gorong, Misool - archipelago of Rajah Empat - Sorong.
Banda Archipelago: Known as one of the areas with greater potential for diving in Indonesia, this group of islands offer dives of all types: from "lagoons" with shallow waters, to adrenaline drift dives along deep walls decorated with an extensive marine profusion of life and a great abundance of fish.
These remote islands separated by some tens of miles one from the other are surrounded by deep and vertical walls overlooking one of the biggest depths in the Indian Ocean: 7.000 meters!.
amrnour.com /indonesia-mvondina.htm   (1320 words)

From the time of the Roman Empire, the tiny islands, part of the Moluccan chain, were a well-guarded secret of Chinese and Arab traders, and the mysterious source of the entire world supply of cloves, nutmeg, and mace.
In 1621, the islands were seized by the Dutch, who amassed fabulous wealth by cornering the spice trade.
The other reason is Des Alwi, the Bandas' ecotourism-minded orang lima, or ``chief of chiefs.'' As the political power broker, the former independence activist established the tourism industry and has a tight grip on commercial activities.
www.businessweek.com /1996/14/b3469112.htm   (711 words)

 Travelling to Indonesia (Maluku)
Formerly known as the Moluccas, these islands are the original Spice Islands which in the 16th and 17th centuries lured the major seafaring nations of Europe to come to trade and to establish their power and influence in this part of the East.
Ternate, an island off the west coast of Halmahera in northern Maluku, was once the seat of an important kingdom which prospered from the spice trade.
Morotai Island, just off Halmahera's northern arm, was an important air-base during world War II, first for the Allies and later for the Japanese until its recapture near the end of the war.
www.emp.pdx.edu /htliono/maluku.html   (1299 words)

 SMY Ondina, Indonesia Liveaboards, Komodo Liveaboard, Raja Ampat Liveaboard, Banda Sea Liveaboard trips
Lembeh Strait - Mayu and Tifore islands and Bacan Archipelago
This tiny remote island is heavily populated by birds, booies and frigate birds nest on the island.
The nine small, jewel-like volcanic islands of the Banda Group, became world famous from the 17th to 19th centuries as the original Spice Islands of the Dutch colonial history.
www.cityseahorse.com /indonesia-liveaboards   (2976 words)

 Maiden Voyage of Kararu Dive Voyages M/V Voyager Dive Report
The island created by the volcano is 120 miles from the next nearest landfall and is therefore home to the reef fish that populate it's steep drop offs and walls, occasional visiting pelagics, and extraordinarily an uncountable population of Banded and Olive sea snakes.
The island was conquered by the Portuguese, later the Dutch, and is speckled with the occupying forces old forts, some of which date back to the late 15th Century.
Suffice to say that the islands' rich history is reflected in its architecture, population and the culture.
www.divetrip.com /voyager_report.htm   (5004 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Banda Sea Islands moist deciduous forests (AA0102)
The Banda Islands are part of the inner arc, whereas the rest of the ecoregion is part of the outer arc.
Although many of these islands are tiny and uninhabitable, the bird populations are seriously threatened by predatory rats and cats that have been accidentally released onto these islands and by the removal of their eggs for sale by fishers traveling through this area (Whitten and Whitten 1992).
We created the Banda Sea Islands Moist Deciduous Forests [AA0102] by combining the islands in the Kai and Tanimbar archipelagos, which were distinguished as a biogeographic unit by Monk et al.
worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/aa/aa0102_full.html   (1093 words)

 Nutmeg Plantations
Galleons wallowed and clippers sped across 15,000 miles of ocean with countless tons of the precious nuts, completing the process of transmuting the belchings of the primeval crater of which Gunung Api is but a tiny grandchild into substantial fortunes.
Most of the buildings on the island are made of stone, and this largely marble brought from Europe on return trips of the nutmeg ships.
The little nuts were once more precious than they are now; control of the islands, once won, had to be maintained by force of arms.
www.wellofstars.com /DCS/nutmeg_plantations.htm   (392 words)

 Diving Banda Sea Dive Snakes Gunung Api Lucipara Banda Niera Islands Dive Liveaboard
This island itself is more of a small rock with vegetation than an island, it is very exposed to the weather and rises up from the surrounding deep open oceans from over 4,000m/13,000' deep in places.
Excellent wall diving is to be had here, in areas there are great walls with caverns, swim throughs, grottos, large colourful sea fans, whip bushes and giant sponges lots of turtle sightings, a few little reef sharks, lots of tuna, jacks, napoleon wrasse and schools of unicorns, fusiliers and snappers.
Another good dive at the mouth of the bay on Kraka island, this makes an excellent night dive with huge nudibranchs including the Spanish dancers, many colourful crustaceans and lots of other marine life hiding away in crevices and beneath the sand awaiting their prey.
www.diving4images.com /dive_banda.html   (1202 words)

 Straight Dope Staff Report: Why are there so many spices in the Spice Islands?
The significance of the islands lies not so much in the variety of spices available there as in their historical position as a source of spices that were new to European tables during the Age of Exploration.
Nutmeg is native to the Banda Islands of the eastern Moluccas, and cloves were originally found in the Moluccan islands of Bacan, Halmahera, Ternate, and Tidore.
The reputation of the Spice Islands no doubt arises from their importance in the larger spice trade of south Asia, which, as a trip out to the curry buffet at lunch will confirm, is rich with a variety of lovely spices.
www.straightdope.com /mailbag/mspiceislands.html   (1189 words)

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