Indonesia is big. Very big. It covers a territorial area of over 5 million square kilometers.
Look at it on the map, and you'll see that the distance between Banda in the west, and Irian Jaya in the east,
With a country so enormous, it's no wonder that there's a wide spread of people. Given the landmass is fragmented into so many islands, the diversity of the cultures should come as no great surprise.
However, if you're in a room with a typical Jakartan, a Bajau from Sulawesi, and a Papuan – you wouldn‘t believe they all live under the one flag!
Coffee and tea are big in Indonesia, with some of the coffee from Java, Aceh
Most unusual is probably the very expensive Kopi Luwak, whose beans must go through the intestines of Asian Palm Civets to have removed the bitterness.
It's believed this is where life in the sea began. It's home to 76% of the world‘s coral species, 37% of the world's fish species, and a high level of endemism.
There's little wonder why so many places in Indonesia are of interest to conservationists and scuba divers. Places such as Bali, Raja Ampat, Komodo and North Sulawesi especially.
In 1667 the Treaty of Breda was signed, bringing an end to Dutch-English hostilities over the coveted Spice Islands in Indonesia‘s Banda Sea.
It transpired to be a hugely significant moment in history, as the agreement was based around a property swap of the then English Run Island with the then Dutch New Amsterdam - Manhattan, New Jersey
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