Bangka Belitung Islandsball is a 31st provinceball of Indonesia-icon Indonesiaball. Located on southeastern coasts of Sumatra and comprise two main islands, Bangka island and Belitung Island. 


Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung Islandsball is an area that has a unique range of cultures and languages. Just like other provinces in Indonesia-iconIndonesiaball, Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung Islandsball has served asEuropean and Japanese-Empire-iconJapanese colonies. Prior to the colonies era, Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung Islandsball has become part of several kingdoms in Sumatraball and Javaball. Srivijaya-icon Srivijayaball and Majapahit-iconMajapahitball are the kingdoms who settled Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung Islandsball to expand its power. The first Europeans arrived in Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka was the British Empire-icon UK-iconUKball on 20 May 1812. However, with the Netherlands-icon Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, British Empire-iconUKball left Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung, and the Netherlands-iconNetherlandsball took over. Due to the agreement, the Netherlands-iconNetherlandsball were able to take control of the Pacific Islands. However, there is a coup attempt by local élite through Bangka-Belitung Islands-icon Depati Barin and his son Bangka-Belitung Islands-icon Depati Amir who was well-known with the war of Bangka-Belitung Islands-icon Depati Amir with wartime of about three years (1849-1851) to oppose the colonization in Bangka-Belitung Islands-icon Bangka Belitung. Yet, this war was then won by the Netherlands-iconNetherlandsball and that caused Bangka-Belitung Islands-icon Depati Amir to be exiled to Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara. Therefore, Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconDepati Amir became a national hero and her name was remembered through its regional airport, the Bangka-Belitung Islands-icon Depati Amir Airport.

Bangka-Belitung Islands-icon Bangka Belitung has a long history with China-iconChinaball migration (mainly Hakka people). China-iconChinaball people in the 13th century had already started to migrate into the Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka region. In the 17th century, the rulers of South Sumatra-iconPalembang saw there was extraordinary potential which later they found tin mines in Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBelitung. The tin is the most reason why the Netherlands-iconNetherlandsball decided to bring contract workers from mainland China-iconChinaball that resettled in Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBelitung. The tin itself what helped drive the island's development and make it the place it is today. Since then, some of China-iconChinaball migrants have gone home while others decided to stay. The one who decided staying began assimilating with local people and is followed by intermarriages, they live coexisting peacefully in spite of differences in religion and ethnicity. When anti-Chinese riots occurred in some parts of Indonesia-iconIndonesiaball at the end of the Asian Dictator-iconSoeharto regime in 1998, the locals and those of Chinaball descent not concerned and still lived peacefully in the Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung province.

Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung Islandsball province is created as the 31st province by the Government of the Indonesia-iconIndonesiaball based on Law No. 27 of 2000 on the establishment of Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconBangka Belitung Islandsball province which was part of the South Sumatra-iconSouth Sumatraball province. The provincial capital is Bangka-Belitung Islands-iconPangkalpinangball.


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