SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
attracted a large portion of the native trade to its free port, and has become from its happy situation, in some measure an emporium for Straits' produce ; but, with this single commercial exception, our loss of footing and political influence in the Archipelago, is complete, and our intercourse with the natives has gradually become more restricted. We may sum up these remarks by taking a brief survey of the present position of the Archipelago. The Dutch are masters of a large tract of New Guinea at one extreme, and, at the other, have possessed themselves of the coast of Borneo, extending from the western boundary of Borneo Proper, to the southern limit of Matan. A glance at the chart will show that they have stations of more or less importance connecting these points, and that Java, and their settlement on Sumatra, give them exclusive command of the Straits of Sunda. It may likewise be here observed, that their territorial extension is only limited by their desires, for as there is no check from European nations, a title to possession is'too readily acquired from distracted and contending native governments.
But the position of the Dutch nation in the " far East," though apparently so imposing, is, in reality, far from strong, and their power would easily sink before the vigorous opposition of any European country.
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