Ambon Island is part of the (Molucca) Maluku Islands in the eastern part of Indonesia. The island has an area of 300 sq miles and has beautiful beaches, abundant plant and bird life and a dramatic mountainous landscape. It lies off the south-west coast of the much larger Seram island on the north side of the Banda Sea, and is part of a chain of volcanic isles that form a circle around the sea. The main city and seaport is Ambon.
The islands were first colonised by the Portuguese in 1513 but were dispossessed by the Dutch in 1605. Ambon was the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company from 1610 to 1619 until the founding of Batavia (now Jakarta). The island was also colonised by the English and control switched back and fore until it was once more restored to the Dutch in 1814.
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