Republic of Indonesia

Republik Indonesia
  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Indonesia is a sovereign, independent Republic which was proclaimed by Sukarno and Hatta on 17 Aug., 1945. In the 16th century Portuguese traders in quest of spices settled in some of the islands, only to be ejected 50 years later by the British and the Dutch (1595). The latter finally ousted the former. From 1602 the Netherlands East India Company conquered the Netherlands Indies, and ruled them during nearly two centuries. After the dissolution of the company in 1798 the Netherlands possessions were governed by the mother-country from 1816. The official transfer of sovereignty from the Netherlands to the United States of Indonesia took place on 28 Dec., 1949.


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