1. The Greater Sunda Islands comprising Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Celebes and the smaller islands around them.
2. The lesser Sunda Islands, to wit the long stretch of islands to the East of Java consisting of Bali, Lombok, Soembawa, Soemba, Selor Islands, Wetar and Timor.
3. The Moluccaas by which is meant all the smaller islands to the East of Celebes.
4. New Guinea, being that part of New Guinea which belongs to the Netherlands.
The inhabitants of the Netherlands East are a mixture of different peoples; they may be divided in natives and foreigners. Amongst the latter ones the principal are: Europeans, Chinese, Arabs and other Asiatics.
The principal native races are: Malays in Sumatra and all the ports of the other islands, Sundanese in the West part of Java, Javanese in Central, North and part of East Java. Madoe-rese in East Java and Madoera, Boeginese in Celebes, Alfoers in the Northern part of Celebes and the Moluccaas; Dayakas in Borneo, Bataks
in Sumatra, West of Deli, Acheneese in the Northern part of Sumatra, Papuaas in New Guinea.
FAUNA AND FLORA.
The fauna of the Dutch East may be divided in two classes, the one typical to the Asiatic continent and the one having the type of the Australian continent. As already said the islands are supposed to have once formed part of these two continents and the divisional line most probably ran through Celebes as there the typical fauna, characteristic in both continents is found.
The largest animals are found in the parts once belonging to Asia and amongst the most known are: Tigers, panthers, elephants, banteng (wild buffaloe) rhinoceros, tapir and deer. The Australian type is for the greater part represented by species of marsupials.
The flora of the Dutch East is very rich and various. Species of shrubs may be counted in thousands, whilst different trees are found in abundance in the higher legions. Palms are found in various forms and we name amongst most known species of tropical vegetation the Nipa, Cocoanut, Aren and oil palms.The flora of the Dutch East is very rich and various. Species of shrubs may be counted in thousands, whilst different trees are found in abundance in the higher legions. Palms are found in various forms and we name amongst most known species of tropical vegetation the Nipa, Cocoanut, Aren and oil palms.