Kora-kora

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A kora-kora in Halmahera circa 1920

The kora-kora is a large rowing boat, sometimes with hundreds of crew members, also called an outrigger canoe. The kora-kora was used in the Spice Islands (Moluccas) as a war and ceremonial vessel. It was attested from the time of Portuguese colonisation and during the heyday of the Dutch East Indies Company in the 17th Century.

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The name comes from the Spanish and Portuguese, derived from the Arabic qorqora, the plural ofqarâqir.[1]

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