What was the old name for Indonesia before the Dutch came?

Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies (or Netherlands East Indies).

Why did the Dutch Takeover Indonesia?

The first Europeans to establish themselves in Indonesia were the Portuguese in 1512. Following disruption of Dutch access to spices, the first Dutch expedition set sail for the East Indies in 1595 to access spices directly from Asia. When it made a 400% profit on its return, other Dutch expeditions soon followed.

Does Indonesia have slaves?

In Indonesia there are 210 970 people living in slavery. Although Indonesia has some of the laws governing modern slavery are included in the Law of Anti-Trafficking.

Why is Netherlands called belanda?

In Dutch, the names for the Netherlands, the Dutch language and a Dutch citizen are Nederland, Nederlands and Nederlander, respectively. … In Indonesian (a former colony) the country is called Belanda, a name derived from ‘Holland’.

What does Jakarta mean in English?

Its name ‘Jakarta’ derives from the word Jayakarta (Devanagari: जयकर्त) which is ultimately derived from the Sanskrit जय jaya (victorious) and कृत krta (accomplished, acquired), thus Jayakarta translates as ‘victorious deed‘, ‘complete act’ or ‘complete victory’.

Why is Jakarta sinking?

Like many coastal cities around the world, Jakarta is dealing with sea-level rise. But Indonesia’s biggest city also has a unique problem: Because of restricted water access in the city, the majority of its residents have to extract groundwater to survive. And it’s causing the city to sink.

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