T. Cook and son; J. H. de Bussy,
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271 KONINKLIJKE PAKETVAAHT MAATSCHAPPI.T.
Neither the roadstead, nor the little town itself show any sign of much commercial intercourse. There is, however, a slight prospect of Ternate rising from its present position of decline, and returning to its former flourishing state.
Trade with New-Guinea, or as it is usually called in the Moluccas, the Papoe, has now been greatly extended, on account of a regular steamboat-service having been opened with that island. A steamer of the Royal Packet Company sails every twelve weeks from Ternate.
Many merchants, who formerly only sent their sportsmen to New-Guinea to shoot birds, have now established agencies there, particularly for the buying of wild nutmegs and damar.
The nutmegs of Halmaheira are nearly
la 11 d of the nutin ^ 11 uts. 1iiy
, w ternatian boys, saluting a a 1 a
also cultivate conee, which is quite a
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success. In conse- quence of the people
of Ternate being very idle and indifferent, the plantations have to be worked by coolies from the Talaut-islands.
The population of Ternate is a mixture of races, who live to a great extent apart. North of the European part, we first find the pasar, and then the Chinese camp. Next follows Fort Oranje, and then comes the Macassar camp, where also Arabians and other Eastern tribes live.
Here terminates the real territory of the Government, which is called Malajoe. If we penetrate farther, we enter upon the territory of the Sultan, which is Ternate proper. The number of coloured people at Ternate is considerable, and they descend from the Portuguese, as well as from the Dutch. They bear the name of "Mardykers," or *Orang-Serani," because they are Christians.
The Malay population of Ternate is a Malay race who immigratedThe Malay population of Ternate is a Malay race who immigrated