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Diversity characterizes Indonesia’s ethnic map. SUMATRA is the heartland of the BATAKS, MINANGKABAU, and REJANGS. The DAYAKS are the predominant group in Kalimantan Borneo, while BUGIS (BUGINESE) and TORAJAS inhabit SULAWESI (CELEBES). EAST INDONESIAN ETHNIC GROUPS further contribute to the rich diversity. Owing to the marketplace position of Southeast Asia from the dawn of historical times, the region has witnessed the congregation of traders and merchants from Europe, West Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and East Asia.

As trade declined and wealth dissipated, the urban population increasingly receded into the hinterland. The Dutch, the English, and Southeast Asia (ca. 1600–ca. 1800) When in 1594 Philip II (r. 1556–1598) of Spain (who also ruled Portugal from 1580) closed Lisbon to the Dutch, they were forced to venture directly to Southeast Asia for SPICES AND THE SPICE TRADE. The Dutch had been the main distributor for northern Europe of spices that had been brought by Portuguese carracks from MALUKU (THE MOLUCCAS) via MELAKA.

The Dutch, the English, and Southeast Asia (ca. 1600–ca. 1800) When in 1594 Philip II (r. 1556–1598) of Spain (who also ruled Portugal from 1580) closed Lisbon to the Dutch, they were forced to venture directly to Southeast Asia for SPICES AND THE SPICE TRADE. The Dutch had been the main distributor for northern Europe of spices that had been brought by Portuguese carracks from MALUKU (THE MOLUCCAS) via MELAKA. The action of Philip II was designed to destroy the economic base of the Protestant Dutch, who had revolted against Catholic Spain’s rule over The Netherlands.

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