Location of Saparua
Saparua is in the center of the map, just south of Seram.
|Location||South East Asia|
|Highest elevation||360 m (1,180 ft)|
Saparua is an island east of Ambon Island in the Indonesian province of Maluku; the island of Haruku lies between Saparua and Ambon. The main port is in the south at Kota Saparua. The island of Maolana is located near its southwestern side and Nusa Laut off its southeastern tip.
Saparua was administered as a single eponymous district (kecamatan) of Central Maluku Regency (Kabupaten Maluku Tengah), but in 2012 an additional district of East Saparua was formed from the eastern peninsula of the original district. Kota Saparua (Saparua town) is the administrative centre of the residual (western) district, while Tuhaha is the administrative centre of the new district.
The island (including Maolana) covers a land area of 168.1 sq.km, and had a population of 32,312 as of the 2010 census. The inhabitants of Saparua speak the Saparua language, as well as Indonesian and Ambonese Malay.
Saparua was the location of Indonesian national hero, Pattimura's rebellion against Dutch forces in 1817. It was also the birthplace of G.A. Siwabessy, a prominent politician who was Indonesia's Minister of Health during the 1960s and 1970s.
Villages on Saparua
There are 17 administrative villages, listed below with their populations at the 2010 Census; ten comprise the new district of East Saparua, while seven remain with the existing Saparua district
- Ouw (1,588)
- Ullath (1,478)
- Siri-sori Amapatti (1,645)
- Siri-sori Amalatu (1,923)
- Tuhaha (2,222)
- Ihamahu (1,428)
- Iha (339)
- Nolluth-Titasomi (2,856)
- Itawaka (1,820)
- Mahu (578)
- Pub164, 2004 Sailing Directions (Enroute): New Guinea
- Indonesia - Maluku Census
- Saparua - Ethnologue
- Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
- Media related to Saparua at Wikimedia Commons
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