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and supplanted the natives, or intermarried with them. Hence perhaps the reason why the Malay language at Ternate, differs so much from that which is spoken on the Great Soenda-islands.
At Ternate it is sometimes possible to see types of the Alfoer population from Halmaheira, Ceram, and other islands, and of the
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streets place, all run with the are connect-merous cross-tice many ruins, caused mostly by
of the which parallel shore and ed by nu-roads, we no-which have been the frequent and
destructive earthquakes by which Ternate has been visited. In 1840 and in 1855, these violent earthquakes inclined the Government to remove its seat to Halmaheira, but this has not yet been effectuated.
Excursions on Ternate.
(1). The Ascent of the Peak. a For this purpose guides are required, who can be engaged through the agent of the Packet Company. It is rather a difficult undertaking, particularly as regards the last part of it, where the precipitous cone is no longer covered with vegetation, and the sulphurous exhalations oppress the breath. The mountain is celebrated for its orchid-flora. In fine clear weather, the prospect across the sea and the islands is indescribably beautiful.
(2). A ride or a walk to the Laguna and Castello. a As the inhabitants of Ternate are kind and hospitable, it is generally possible to obtain a horse from some one, but in case we should, for some reason, not succeed in this, then an excursion on foot will afford us also great pleasure, as the road is well sheltered and the distance not great.
The road leads at first in a southern, then in a south-western direction, at some distance from the shore, and parallel with it, through partly abandoned gardens, and past swampy wildernesses of mangroves (rhizophorae) and sago-palms. Many old gate-posts indicate the places where formerly the well-to-do people of TernateThe road leads at first in a southern, then in a south-western direction, at some distance from the shore, and parallel with it, through partly abandoned gardens, and past swampy wildernesses of mangroves (rhizophorae) and sago-palms. Many old gate-posts indicate the places where formerly the well-to-do people of Ternate