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Coordinates: 6°07′26″S 106°48′31″E / 6.123871°S 106.80861°E / -6.123871; 106.80861 Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa
(Sundanese: ᮞᮥᮔ᮪ᮓ ᮊᮜᮕ, Sunda Kalapa) is the old port of Jakarta located on the estuarine of Ciliwung River. "Sunda Kalapa" (Sundanese: "Coconut of Sunda") is the original name, and it was the main port of Hindu Sunda Kingdom
Sunda Kingdom
of Pajajaran. The port is situated in Penjaringan sub-district, of North Jakarta, Indonesia. Today the old port only accommodate pinisi, a traditional two masted wooden sailing ship serving inter-island freight service in the archipelago. Although it is now only a minor port, Jakarta
has its origins in Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa
and it played a significant role in the city's development.


1 History 2 See also 3 Notes 4 References 5 External links


Padrão of Sunda Kalapa (1522), a stone pillar commemorating a treaty between the kingdoms of Portugal
and Sunda in Indonesian National Museum, Jakarta.

The Chinese source, Chu-fan-chi, written circa 1200, Chou Ju-kua identified the two most powerful and richest kingdoms in the Indonesian archipelago
Indonesian archipelago
as Sriwijaya
and Java (Kediri). According to this source, in the early 13th Century, Sriwijaya
still ruled Sumatra, the Malay peninsula, and western Java (Sunda). The source identifies the port as strategic and thriving, pepper from Sunda being among the best in quality. The people worked in agriculture and their houses were built on wooden poles (rumah panggung). However, robbers and thieves plagued the country.[1] However it was uncertain which port of Sunda was referred to by Chou Ju-kua, it probably referred to the port of Banten, and not Kalapa. From the 13th to 16th century Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa
was the main port of Sunda Kingdom. The port served the capital, Pakuan Pajajaran, located about 60 km inland south, along the Ciliwung river hinterland, now the site of modern Bogor. The port thrived on international spice trade especially pepper, the main spice produce of the Sunda kingdom. Sunda Kelapa, together with Aceh and Makassar, were one of the few Indonesian ports that maintained ties with Europe. By 1511, the Portuguese had conquered Malacca and established the earliest European colony in Southeast Asia. According to Suma Oriental, written in 1512–1515, Tomé Pires, a Portuguese explorer reported about the importance of the port of Calapa which corresponds to the port of Sunda Kalapa.

"The port of Calapa is a magnificent port. It is the most important and best of all. This is where the trade is greatest and whither they all sail from Sumatra, and Palembang, Laue, Tamjompura, Malacca, Macassar, Java and Madura and many other places. … This port is two days’ journey from the city of Dayo where the king is always in residence, so that this is the one to be considered the most important."

Suma Oriental.[2]

In 1522, the Portuguese secured a politics and economic agreement with the Hindu Kingdom of Sunda, the authority of the port. In exchange for military assistance against the threat of the rising Islamic Javan Sultanate of Demak, Prabu Surawisesa, king of Sunda at that time, granted them free access to the pepper trade. Portuguese who were in the service of the sovereign, made their homes in Sunda Kelapa. However, in 1527, Fatahillah, on behalf of the Demak attacked the Portuguese in Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa
and succeeded in conquering the harbour on June 22, 1527, after which Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa
was renamed Jayakarta.[3] Later, the port became a part of the Banten Sultanate. In 1619, Jan Pieterszoon Coen, an official working for the Dutch East India Company, seized the port of Jayakarta from the Sultanate of Banten and raized the city. From the ashes of Jayakarta, the Dutch built a new city, Batavia. The old port served as the main port of Batavia until the late 19th century, when the Netherlands East Indies government decided to build a new Tanjung Priok
Tanjung Priok
port to accommodate the increasing traffic as a result of the opening of the Suez Canal.[4] The new port is located 9 kilometers to the east from the old port. After the independence of the Republic of Indonesia, the Batavia old port was renamed back to its original name, Sunda Kelapa, as a tribute to the long history of the port as the cradle of Jakarta.

Old warehouses near Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa
port, now the (Maritime Museum).

See also[edit]

Old Town


^ Drs. R. Soekmono, (1973). Pengantar Sejarah Kebudayaan Indonesia
2, 2nd ed. Yogyakarta: Penerbit Kanisius. p. 60.  ^ Pires, Tome (1990) [1512–1515]. "The Suma Oriental of Tome Pires: An Account of the East, from Red Sea to China". Armando Cortesão. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. p. 166. ISBN 81-206-0535-7. Retrieved 16 January 2013.  ^ "History of Jakarta". BeritaJakarta.  ^ Cobban, James L. 1985. The ephemeral historic district in Jakarta. Geographical Review 75(3):300-318.


Jan Gonda, 1951, Sanskrit in Indonesia. (in English) Adolf Heuken SJ dan Grace Pamungkas, 2000, Galangan Kapal Batavia selama tiga ratus tahun. Jakarta:Cipta Loka Caraka/Sunda Kelapa Lestari (in Indonesian) Supratikno Rahardjo et al., 1996, Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa
sebagai Bandar di Jalur Sutra. Laporan Penelitian. Jakarta: Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI (in Indonesian) Thomas B. Ataladjar dan Sudiyono, 1991, 'Sunda Kelapa' di Ensiklopedi Nasional Indonesia. Jakarta: Cipta Adi Pustaka (in Indonesian)

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