is the capital of North Sulawesi and with its approximately
450.000 citizens more than a medium sized city. Bordering
one side, the Celebes Sea with Bunaken marine park
and on the other side beautiful green grown highlands
and towering volcano's, Manado offers one of the most
prosperous and spectacularly scenic area's in Indonesia.
The Minahasa district is the hinterland of Manado
and possesses some of the most fertile soils in Indonesia.
Traditionally, agriculture of coconuts, cloves and
nutmeg have brought great wealth to the Manadonese
and Minahasans. No wonder that in Dutch colonial times
Manado was an important stronghold.
Whereas the first 200, of 400 year of colonialism,
war and trade marked the Dutch presence, the 1800s
brought rapid and massive conversions to Protestantism.
Thus Christianity became an emblem of Minahasan culture
and identity and helped to establish a local attachment
to European culture. By the turn into the 1900s, health
services, education and infrastructure were on a much
higher level than in other regions in Indonesia. In
the 1930s Minahasa registered the highest literacy
rate in the country. After the Japanese invasion,
the Dutch reoccupation efforts and the revolutionary
activities that eventually brought independence in
1949, many Minahasans still nicknamed the region the
"12 province" of Holland. But all that have
long been forgotten now and main talk today is economic
The majority of the population is still of Christian
believe and that alone sets Manado and Minahasa apart
from the rest of Indonesia, which is mainly Muslim.
Manadonese and Minahasans are fun-loving, extrovert
in their expressions and like to make jokes. They
love singing and are throughout the country famous
for their vocal skills. The richness and diversity
of marine life in Bunaken marine park are the reasons
tourism is blooming and developing in Manado now and
marks a new era in this part of paradise on Earth.
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North Sulawesi, Indonesia
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