Gorontalo Fort Oranje

Written by on May 21, 2012 in Indonesia, Central Indonesia Forts with 0 Comments

Gorontalo Fort Oranje


In the past, the people living around Fort Oranje were ethnics from Buol, a Gorontalo ethnic group descendants from Gorontalo Kingdom. In the middle of the 15th � 16th centuries, the Europeans who came to Indonesia on their voyage to the East were the Portuguese who occupied the Maluku and Ternate then also went to Gorontalo through Kwandang. In their efforts to control Gorontalo and to defend it from the pirates from Mindanao in the Philippines, especially on the north coast of Kwandang, the Portuguese built Fort Oranje in 1526. The fort was built to defend against the attacks from the Mindanao pirates who often raided the coastl area of Gorontalo.

The fort has been made of coral and andesite stones, having a rectangular shape measuring 33 x 45.5 meters with a height of 2.5 to 3.5 meters. On the north side, is a structures leaning against the northwest bastion, measuring 4 x 3.5 meters with a 1 x 2 meters door. In the round southeast bastion are 3 embrasures measuring 110 x 80 cm.)

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