Tidore Island

Written by on May 10, 2012 in Maluku Maps with 0 Comments

Tidore Island

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TIDORE Tidore Island is a bit larger than Ternate. Frequent boats leave Bastion to Rum, where there is a Sunday market. Tidore is dominated by Kiematubu volcano. A paved road goes around most of the island, but beyond the main tone of Soa Siu, the surface degenerates considerably. The best views of Ternate are from Tidore’s north coast. HISTORY Tidore is an island in the eastern Indonesia of Maluku Island, just west of the larger island of Halmahera. In the pre-colonial era, Tidore was a major regional political and economic power, and a fierce rival of nearby Ternate, just to the north. The sultans of Tidore ruled most of southern Halmahera, and, at times, controlled Buru, Ambon and many of the islands off the coast of Papua. Tidore established a loose alliance with the Spanish in the sixteenth century, and Spain had several forts on the island. While there was much mutual distrust between the Tidorese and the Spaniards, for Tidore the Spanish presence was helpful in resisting incursions by their enemy Ternate, as well as the Dutch forces that had a base on that island.

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