Sultanate of Gowa

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Sultanate of Gowa
Baté Salapang
14th century–1945
Flag of Gowa
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StatusPart of Indonesia
Common languagesMakassarese
Sunni Islam
• 1300
• 1653-1669
Sultan Hasanuddin Tuminanga ri Balla'pangkana
• 1946-1978
Sultan Muhammad Abdul Kadir Aiduddin
• 2014-Present
Sultan Kumala Idjo Batara Gowa
• Established
14th century
• Dissolution of Sultanate
CurrencyNo official currency, the Barter system was used
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Gowa and Tallo
Dutch East Indies
Republic of Indonesia
Today part of Indonesia
(as Gowa Regency)
Tamalate Palace in Sungguminasa, Gowa Regency. The palace was where the kings of Gowa kingdom governed its territories from. Local people call it Balla' Lompoa (The House of Greatness)
Tamalate Palace in Sungguminasa, Gowa Regency
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Sultanate of Gowa (sometimes written as Goa; not to be confused with Goa in India), was one of the great kingdoms and the most successful kingdom in the South Sulawesi region. People of this kingdom come from the Makassar tribe who lived in the south end and the west coast of southern Sulawesi.


Before the establishment of the kingdom, the region had been known as Makassar and its people as Suku Makassar (tribe of Makassar).[1] The history of the kingdom can be divided into two eras: pre-Islamic kingdom and post-Islamic sultanate.

Pre-Islamic Kingdom[edit]

According to the epic poem The Nagarakretagama, in praise of King Rajasanagara of Majapahit, it lists Makassar as one of the kingdom's tributaries in 1365.[2]

The first queen of Gowa was Tomanurung Baine.[1] There is not much known about the exact time when the kingdom was established nor about the first queen, and only during the ruling of the 6th king, Tonatangka Kopi, local sources have noted about the division of the kingdom into two new kingdoms led by two Kopi's sons: Kingdom of Gowa led by Batara Gowa as its 7th king covering areas of Paccelekang, Pattalasang, Bontomanai Ilau, Bontomanai 'Iraya, Tombolo and Mangasa while the other son, Karaeng Loe ri Sero, led a new kingdom called Tallo which includes areas of Saumata, Pannampu, Moncong Loe, and Parang Loe.[1]

For years both kingdoms were involved in wars until the kingdom of Tallo was defeated. During the reign of King of Gowa X, I Manriwagau Daeng Bonto Karaeng Lakiung Tunipalangga Ulaweng (1512-1546), the two kingdoms were reunified to become twin kingdoms under a deal called Rua Kareng se're ata (dual kings, single people in Makassarese) and enforced with a binding treaty.[1] Since then, when someone becomes a king of Tallo, he also becomes the king of Gowa. Many historians then simply call these Gowa-Tallo twin kingdoms as Makassar or just Gowa.[1]

List of The Pre-Islamic Rulers of Gowa-Tallo[3][4]
No. Name Lifetime Reign
1 Tumanurung Baine mid-14th century
2 Tumassalangga Baraya
3 I Puang Lowe Lembang
4 I Tuniatabanri
5 Karampang ri Gowa
6 Tunatangka Lopi
7 Batara Gowa, titled Tumenanga ri Paralakkenna
8 Pakere Tau Tunijallo ri Passukki Late 1510 - early 1511
9 Daeng Matanre Karaeng Tumapa'risi' Kallonna Late 1510/early 1511 - late 1546
10 I Manriwagau Daeng Bonto Karaeng Lakiung Tunipalangga Ulaweng 1511 - 1565 1546 - 1565
11 I Tajibarani Daeng Marompa Karaeng Data Tunibatte 1517 - 1565 1565 (only 40 days)
12 I Manggorai Daeng Mameta Karaeng Bontolangkasa Tunikallo 1545 - late 1590
13 I Tepukaraeng Daeng Parabbung Tuni Pasulu (deposed) 1593 - ?
Geopolitical map of kingdoms in South Sulawesi in 16th century

Islamic Sultanate[edit]

The traces of Islam in South Sulawesi existed since the 1320s with the arrival of the first Sayyid in South Sulawesi, namely Sayyid Jamaluddin al-Akbar Al-Husaini, who is the grandfather of Wali Songo.[5]

The conversion of the kingdom to Islam is dated as September 22, 1605 when the 14th king of Tallo-Gowa kingdom, Karaeng Matowaya Tumamenaga Ri Agamanna, converted to Islam,[6] where later changed his name to Sultan Alauddin. He ruled the kingdom from 1591 to 1629. His conversion to Islam is associated with the arrival of three ulama from Minangkabau: Datuk Ri Bandang, Datuk ri Tiro and Datuk Patimang.

From 1630 until the early twentieth century, Gowa's political leaders and Islamic functionaries were both recruited from the ranks of the nobility.[6] Since 1607, sultans of Makassar established a policy of welcoming all foreign traders.[2] In 1613, an English factory built in Makassar. This began the hostilities of English-Dutch against Makassar.[2]

The most famous Sultan of the kingdom was Sultan Hasanuddin, who from 1666 to 1669 started a war known as Makassar War against the Dutch East India Company (VOC) which was assisted by the prince of Bone kingdom of Bugis dynasty, Arung Palakka.[7]

List of Sultans of Gowa[3][4]
No Name Lifetime Reign
1 I Mangari Daeng Manrabbia Sultan Alau'ddin, titled Tumenanga ri Gaukanna 1586 - 15 June 1639 1593 - 15 June 1639
2 Tumamenang ri Papambatuna Sultan Malikussaid (Muhammad Said), titled Karaeng Ujung, Karaeng Lakiung 11 Dec 1607 - 5 Nov 1653 1639 - 5 Nov 1653
3 I Mallombassi Daeng Mattawang Karaeng Lakiyung Bonto Mangape Sultan Hasanuddin, titled Tuminanga ri Ballaq Pangkana 12 Jan 1631 - 12 June 1670 1653 - 17 June 1669
4 Sultan Amir Hamzah, titled Tuminang ri Alluq 31 Mar 1657-7 May 1681 1669 - 1674
5 Sultan Muhammad Ali (Karaeng Bisei), titled Tumenanga ri Jakattara 29 Nov 1654-15 Aug 1681 1674 - 1677
6 I Mappadulu Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil, titled Tuminanga ri Lakiyung 1677 - 1709
7 La Pareppa Tosappe Wali Sultan Ismail, titled Tuminanga ri Somba Opu 1709 - 1711
8 I Mappauraqngi Sultan Sirajuddin, titled Tuminang ri Pasi 1711 -
9 I Manrabbia Sultan Najamuddin
10 I Mappaurangi Sultan Sirajuddin, titled Tuminang ri Pasi (second time) 1735 - 1735
11 I Mallawagau Sultan Abdul Khair 1735 - 1742
12 I Maappibabasa Sultan Abdul Kudus 1742 - 1753
13 Amas Madina Batara Gowa (exiled to Srilangka) 1747-1795 1753 - 1767
14 I Mallisujawa Daeng Riboko Arungmampu, titled Tuminanga ri Tompobalang 1767 - 1769
15 I Temmassongeng Karaeng Katanka Sultan Zainuddin, titled Tuminanga ri Mattanging 1770 - 1778
16 I Manawari Karaeng Bontolangkasa 1778 - 1810
17 I Mappatunru/I Mangikarang Karaeng Lembang Parang, titled Tuminanga ri Katangka 1816 - 1825
18 La Oddanriu Karaeng Katangka, titled Tuminanga ri Suangga 1825 - 1826
19 I Kumala Karaeng Lembang Perang Sultan Abdul Kadir Moh Aidid, titled Tuminaga ri Kakuasanna d. on 30 January 1893 1826 - 30 Jan 1893
20 I Malingkaan Daeng Nyonri Karaeng Katangka Sultan Idris, titled Tuminanga ri Kalabbiranna d. 18 May 1895 1893 - 18 May 1895
21 I Makkulau Daeng Serang Karaeng Lembangparang Sultan Husain, titled Tuminang ri Bundu'na 18 May 1895 - 13 April 1906
22 I Mangimangi Daeng Matutu Karaeng Bonto Nompo Sultan Muhammad Tahur Muhibuddin, titled Tuminanga ri Sungguminasa 1936 - 1946
23 Andi Ijo Daeng Mattawang Karaeng Lalolang Sultan Muhammad Abdul Kadir Aiduddin d. 1978 1956 - 1960

Dissolution of Sultanate[edit]

Since 1673 the area around Fort Rotterdam grew into a city currently known as Makassar.[8] Since 1904 the Dutch colonial government performed an expedition called South Sulawesi expedition and started war against small kingdoms in South Sulawesi, including Gowa. In 1911 the Sultanate lost its independence after losing the war and became one of the Dutch Indies' regencies.[9] Following the Indonesian Independence from Netherlands in 1945, the sultanate dissolved and has since become part of the Republic of Indonesia and the former region becomes part of Gowa Regency.

Makassar War[edit]

Makassar War in 1667
Makassar War, 1667

In 1644, Bone rose up against Gowa. The Battle of Passempe saw Bone defeated and a regent heading an Islamic religious council installed. In 1660 Arung Palakka, the long haired prince of the Sultanate of Bonu,[10] led a Bugis revolt against Gowa, but failed.[2]

In 1666, under the command of Admiral Cornelis Speelman, The Dutch East India Company (VOC) attempted to bring the small kingdoms in the North under their control, but did not manage to subdue the Sultanate of Gowa. After Sultan Hasanuddin ascended to the throne as the 16th sultan of Gowa, he tried to combine the power of the small kingdoms in eastern Indonesia to fight the VOC.

On the morning of 24 November 1666, the VOC expedition and the Eastern Quarters set sail under the command of Speelman. The fleet consisted of the admiralship Tertholen, and twenty other vessels carrying some 1860 people, among them 818 Dutch sailors, 578 Dutch soldiers, and 395 native troops from Ambon under Captain Joncker and from Bugis under Arung Palakka and Arung Belo Tosa'deng.[11] Speelman also accepted Sultan Ternate's offer to contribute a number of his war canoes for the war against Gowa. A week after June 19, 1667 Speelman's armada set sail toward Sulawesi and Makassar from Butung.[11] When the fleet reached the Sulawesi coast, Speelman received news of the abortive Bugis uprising in Bone in May and of the disappearance of Arung Palakka during the crossing from the island of Kambaena.

The war later broke in 1666 between the VOC and the sultanate of Gowa.[12] The war continued until 1669, after the VOC had landed its strengthened troops in a desperate and ultimately weakening Gowa. On 18 November 1667 the Treaty of Bungaya was signed by the major belligerents in a premature attempt to end the war.[11]

Feeling aggrieved, Hasanuddin started the war again. Finally, the VOC requested assistance for additional troops from Batavia. Battles broke out again in various places with Sultan Hasanuddin giving fierce resistance. Military reinforcements sent from Batavia strengthened the VOC's military capability, allowing it to break the Sultanate of Gowa's strongest fortress in Somba Opu on June 12, 1669 which finally marked the end of the war. Sultan Hasanuddin resigned from the royal throne, dying on June 12, 1670.

After the Makassar war, Admiral Cornelis Speelman destroyed the large fortress in Somba Opu, and built up Fort Rotterdam (Speelman named this fortress after his birthplace in Netherlands) in its place as the headquarters of VOC activities in Sulawesi. In 1672 Arung Palakka was raised to the throne to become the sultan of Bone.

The war is considered the greatest war the VOC had ever had.

See also[edit]


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  11. ^ a b c Andaya, Leonard Y. (2013). The Heritage of Arung Palakka: A History of South Sulawesi (Celebes) in the Seventeenth Century. Volume 91 of Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (illustrated ed.). Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-9-401733472.
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