A Map of Paradise

Indonesia

Indonesia

This great map postcard of the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia comes from Yanita, a Postcrossing ambassador from the country. The capital city of the country is Jakarta. With a population of almost 240 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, after China, India and the United States of America. The country spans 1 904 569 square kilometers, over a total of 17 508 islands in the archipelago. The country consists of 33 provinces and 1 special administrative division. While Indonesia has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was not until the early 16th Century that European traders made contact with the people in this region. After the formation of the VOC (same people that colonised South Africa) in 1602, Indonesia came under the control of the company. After its dissolution in 1800, the Dutch established its rule over the country but it was not until the early 20th century that the Dutch came into full control of the country’s current borders. Like the case is in Africa, the independence movement in Indonesia was particularly propelled by WWII. Following the expulsion of the Japanese, the country declared unilateral independence in 1945, which sparked a conflict with its Dutch colonial masters, that ended 4 years later when The Netherlands recognised its independence. Truly a fascinating country with a rich history. Thank you Yanita!