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The English Monopoly And The Anti-Climax In Nuku’s Struggle

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The British occupation actually opened up an opportunity for the East Seramese and the people in the region of the Amboina Islands to smuggle cloves from the production areas. Smuggling intermingled with village politics can also be seen as a strategy for creating opportunities to open up the way to transport cloves to East Seram and its vicinity. The country traders from Bengal who had been cruising around Halmahera and Seram were secretly dealing with Sultan Nuku who was seen as a troublemaker by the administration of these islands, all the more so because his adherents continued smuggling spices. The clove and nutmeg trees grow wild as far as the interior parts of New Guinea, which also appertains to Ternate, and so susceptible is the soil that the trees sprout up spontaneously faster than the Dutch can root them up.

Keywords: East Seramese; Halmahera; Sultan Nuku's struggle; Ternate

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