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Henri van Kol, a member of the First International and one of the founders of the Dutch Social Democratic Party, had owned a coffee plantation on Java since 1887. The even more radical Ferdinand... [Item of the Day]
Rōmusha is a Japanese word meaning "an unskilled laborer who carries out temporary contruction work". In Japanese-occupied Indonesia, the words 'by force" and "hard physical work" were added to this... [Item of the Day]
No commodity was smuggled as often or to such profit in Southeast Asia as opium. In the Dutch East Indies, many Dutch civil servants helped along the contraband trade in opium by receiving payments... [Item of the Day]
In the 19th century, substantial outmigration from Java was connected to the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Indonesia was the country of origin of almost half the pilgrims who reached Mecca. Many pilgrims... [Item of the Day]
After the independence of Indonesia, the government adopted a number of policies to restrict the business and trading of Chinese living in Indonesia. A presidential regulation in November 1959 banned... [Item of the Day]
In September 1782 a group of 79 Balinese slaves on board the Dutch East India Company ship Mercuur, sailing between Java and Sumatra, managed to take hold of the ship, revolting against shipboard... [Item of the Day]
In the fermenting shed of a tobacco company on Sumatra's East coast, overseer mr. Lühmann was attacked and severely wounded by one of the coolies. Labour unrest and the amount of murder attacks on... [Item of the Day]
In the month of March 1900, 2106 convicts and 719 contractors in the Ombilin mines, West Sumatra, produced 16417 tons of coal, according to the Javasche Courant.More figures about Ombilin were... [Item of the Day]
Two Chinese contract labourers on the run in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies,  were shot dead by 'caretakers' on 14 October 1902, according to the Sumatra Post.  A lot of such incidents occurred in... [Item of the Day]