Prince Antasari

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Pangeran Antasari
Prince Antasari Portrait from 2009 2000 rupiah bill.jpg
Portrait of Antasari, from 2000 rupiah bill (2009 series)
Predecessor Sultan Hidayatullah
Sultan Muhammad Seman
Father Prince Mashud
Born 1809
Martapura, Banjar
Died 11 October 1862(1862-10-11) (aged 53)
Bayan Begak, Borneo
Burial Banjarmasin

Prince Antasari (1809 – 11 October 1862), also known by his Indonesian name Pangeran Antasari, was a sultan of Banjar and is a National Hero of Indonesia.

Biography[edit]

Antasari was born in 1809.[1] He was son of Prince Mashud and grandson of Prince Amir.[2] He was a prince from a line of the royal family whose power had been usurped in the 18th century.[3]

Antasari was concerned about the coronation of Sultan Tamjid (or Tamjidillah), instead of Prince Hidayat (or Hidayatullah), as the replacement to Sultan Adam in Banjar in 1859; Tamjidillah's coronation was backed by the Dutch colonials,[4] who were looking to sow unrest and discord to make their attempts to take over Borneo easier.[5] As Antasari wanted to repel the Dutch, he cooperated with the leaders of Martapura, Kapuas, Pelaihari, Barito, and Kahayan. He was also aided by Hidayatullah and Demang Leman.[4][6]

On 18 April 1859, the Banjarmasin War broke out between Antasari's alliance, which was able to field some 6,000 armed men, and the Dutch. The war took place mainly in South and Central Kalimantan.[7] Antasari's forces attacked the Dutch in Gunung Jabuk and also the Dutch coal mines in Pengaron.[8] Meanwhile, his allies attacked other Dutch posts.[9] They also attacked Dutch ships, killing Lieutenants Van der Velde and Bangert when they sank the ship Onrust in December 1859.[8][9][10] Antasari rejected Dutch attempts to negotiate an end to the war, in which they offered him wealth and power in exchange for his surrender.[10]

In early August 1860, Antasari's forces were in Ringkau Katan. They were defeated in a battle on 9 August, after Dutch reinforcements had arrived from Amuntai.[11] Hidayatullah was exiled to Java, but Antasari, together with Prince Miradipa and Tumenggung Mancanegara, defended Tundakan fort on 24 September 1861. He also defended a fort in Mount Tongka on 8 November 1861 with Gusti Umar and Tumenggung Surapati.[12]

Antasari's burial site in Banjarmasin

In October 1862, Antasari was planning a big attack. However, an outbreak of smallpox led to his death on 11 October 1862. He was buried in Banjarmasin;[1] and several other resistance leaders, from different periods, were later buried there; the place was later named the Antasari Heroes' Cemetery.[13] After Antasari's death, his son, Muhammad Seman, continued his struggle against the Dutch.[14] The resistance ended with Seman's death in 1905.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Antasari featured on a 2,000-rupiah banknote. Bornean dancers can be seen on the reverse.

Antasari was given the title 'Panembahan Amiruddin Khaliful Mukmin' on 14 March 1862 by his people,[12] which made him a religious leader for his people.[15] He was declared a National Hero of Indonesia in 1968 by President Suharto through presidential decree No. 06/TK/1968.[15]

In the mid-1990s a documentary on Antasari's life was made.[16] Antasari is featured on the obverse of the 2009 series 2,000 rupiah bill, which shows traditional Bornean dancers on the reverse.[17]

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