Gorong archipelago

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Gorong
Kepulauan Gorom
Maluku Islands en.png
Gorong archipelago in the east of Maluku Islands
Geography
Location South East Asia
Coordinates 4°01′22″S 131°25′01″E / 4.02278°S 131.41694°E / -4.02278; 131.41694
Total islands 3
Major islands Gorom, Panjang and Manawoka
Administration
Indonesia
Provinces Maluku
Demographics
Population 27285 (2010)
Ethnic groups Melanesian

Gorong archipelago is a group of islands between Watubela archipelago and Ceram in the Maluku Islands.

History[edit]

The Nagarakretagama, an Old Javanese eulogy to king Hayam Wuruk of Majapahit written in 1365, mentions "Gurun" amongst the tributary countries of the kingdom.[1]

The English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace described the islands, which he called Goram, in chapter 25 of his 1869 book The Malay Archipelago.[2]

Islands[edit]

The archipelago has three islands.[3]

  • Gorom, the biggest island, with the villages of Miran (Miren) on the east coast, Ondor (Ondur) in the northwest and Hur on its southwestern coast.
  • Panjang to the west of Gorong, with Wisalem village in its southern end.
  • Manawoka in the south, with the villages of Arbau in the north, Amar and Derra, and Nama in the south.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denys Lombard, Le carrefour javanais (1990)
  2. ^ Wallace, Alfred Russel (1869). "25: Ceram, Goram, and the Matabello Islands". The Malay Archipelago: The land of the orang-utan, and the bird of paradise. A narrative of travel, with sketches of man and nature (1 ed.). Macmillan. 
  3. ^ Government of Indonesia Seram Bagian Timur map