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Bangka Belitung

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Bangka Belitung

Posted on 25 October 2013

Bangka and Belitong are two neighboring islands with almost similar geo-characteristics that separate themselves from the rest of the northeastern Sumatra’s small islands. Here, kingdoms and colonial rulers came to take control since centuries ago. Tin was and still is the sole cause for the ruling powers to take charge. Bangka itself means "tin" in an ancient language, the Sanskrit. In Belitong, there are meteorites found everywhere within the soil that also bears tin ores. The locals name it Batu Satam, while the Dutch named it the Bilitonites. With so many distinctive features to offer, Bangka and Belitong are presented here in a series of images.