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Leadership And Local Politics In East Seram

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At the end of the sixteenth century the East Seramese people, were described by De Brito as wealthy merchants. The situation in the seventeenth century changed significantly after the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) established its spice monopoly and strove to control the trading activities of the Malukans, including the East Seramese traders. The East Seramese was in dire straits as they could no longer regularly obtain nutmegs and mace from Banda or elsewhere. This chapter describes a number of leaders, both orangkaya and Raja Keliluhu are described in relation with their trading and political activities during the Nuku rebellion. Compared to the East Seramese, the indigenous people of West and South Seram, showed less enthusiasm for supporting Prince Nuku. The involvement of the North Seram people in Nukus rebellion was not as blatant as that of the people of East Seram.

Keywords: East Seramese; North Seram people; Prince Nuku; south seram; Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC); west seram



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