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Kecamatan and town
Masamba is located in Sulawesi
Location in Sulawesi
Masamba is located in Indonesia
Location of the town in Indonesia
Coordinates: 2°33′11″S 120°19′39″E / 2.55306°S 120.32750°E / -2.55306; 120.32750Coordinates: 2°33′11″S 120°19′39″E / 2.55306°S 120.32750°E / -2.55306; 120.32750
Country  Indonesia
Province South Sulawesi
Regency Luwu Regency
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)

Masamba is a small river town and kecamatan in the Luwu Regency of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The town lies on the Patikala River. It is served by Masamba Airport. Much of the land in the region is swampy coastal plains with mangroves found in its shallow waters.[1] North of the town is Lake Poso.[2] A population of Bugis who are known to be Muslims come from Masamba.[3] A number of these Islamic Bugis moved out of the village into Rompo in the 1940s and into the lowlands of the region into Tabalu and Saatu in the 1950s and 1960s.[4]Rattan trading and making is said to be important to the local economy.[5] Coconuts are also grown near the coast in this region of Sulawesi.


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  2. ^ Toby Alice Volkman (1990). Sulawesi: Island Crossroads of Indonesia. Passport Books. ISBN 0-8442-9906-5. 
  3. ^ Eva-Lotta E. Hedman (2008). Conflict, violence, and displacement in indonesia. Issue 45 of Studies on Southeast Asia, Cornell Southeast Asia Program, SEAP Publications. p. 189. ISBN 0-87727-745-1. 
  4. ^ Gerhard Gerold, Michael Fremerey, Edi Guhardja (2004). Land use, nature conservation and the stability of rainforest margins in Southeast Asia. Springer. p. 93. ISBN 3-540-00603-6. 
  5. ^ Eveline Ferretti (1997). Cutting across the lands: an annotated bibliography on natural resource management and community development in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Issue 16 of Southeast Asia Program series, SEAP Publications. p. 103. ISBN 0-87727-133-X.