Moluccas Provinces

Wiki points out :

The Maluku Islands, also known as the Moluccas, are an archipelago within Indonesia. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi (Celebes), west of New Guinea, and north and east of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the“Spice Islands” by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands outside Indonesia.

The name Maluku is thought to have been derived from the Arab trader’s term for the region, Jazirat al-Muluk (‘the island of the kings’)

Though originally Melanesian, many island populations, especially in the Banda Islands, were killed off in the 17th century during the Spice wars. A second influx of Austronesian immigrants began in the early twentieth century under the Dutch and continues in the Indonesian era.

Spice Islands” (Pulau rempah-in bahasa) most commonly refers to the Maluku Islands and often also to the small volcanic Banda Islands, once the only source of mace and nutmeg.

Administrative divisions

The Maluku Islands formed a single province since Indonesian independence until 1999 when it was split into two provinces. A new province, North Maluku, incorporates the area between Morotai and Sula, with the arc of islands from Buru and Seram to Wetar remaining within the existing Maluku Province. North Maluku is predominantly Muslim and its capital is Ternate (1999-2012) and later moved to Sofifi. Maluku province has a larger Christian population and its capital is Ambon. The island is subdivised into 13 regencies and 4 cities.

The Provinces on Moluccas are :

1. Maluku Province (capital : Ambon)

2. North Maluku/Maluku Utara (capital : Ternate from 1999-2012; Sofifi from 2012-now)

The provinces’ seals :

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