Welcome to the Jungle : Borneo

Borneo is located in Indonesia is the third largest island in the entire world. This place is located to the north of Australia.  The island is divided politically into three parts, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.  About seventy three percent of the island is Indonesian.  Malaysia occupies about twenty six percent of the islands. Brunei on the other hand has about one percent of the total land mass. This island of Borneo is surrounded by the sea of south China.  These lie to the north and the northwest. The Makassar Strait lies to the east and the Marimata strait lies to the south.  The island has an area of about seven hundred and forty three square kilo meters.

The Malay Peninsula lies to the west and java lies to the south of this place. The tallest peak here is Mount Kinabalu which is located in Malaysian region. The peak is at a height of four thousand meters above sea level. This apparently also makes it the tallest island in the entire world. The Kapuas River is the largest river systems in the country.  The river stretches for about seven hundred miles and it is also the longest river here. The caves here on the island are also well known for them being quite extensive.  Also, the Clearwater cave has one of the world’s longest underground rivers.  Also, known to be the largest cave in the world, the Deer Cave is thought to be the largest cave passage in the world.

According to Chinese, Indian and Javanese manuscripts, the city of Borneo had then become a trading hub.  This also became par of their trade routes all the way since their first millennium. The Chinese manuscripts were originally made here. In fact, the Chinese manuscripts were made of gold and sometimes camphor an tortoise shells, ivory from hornbills and ivory from rhinoceros horn, cranes nest, bees wax, Lakewood, dragons blood and rattan. These and various other edible spices were the most valuable items from Borneo. Also, the Indian here called Borneo, Suvarnabhumi. This literally means ‘the land that is made of gold’.  And it was also referred to as Karpuradvipa which is ‘Camphor Island’.  The Javanese people names Borneo as Puradvipa which mean Diamond Island.  The many archeological findings here show that this place used to be a large trading center, that serviced both India and China from as early as five hundred right to one thousand three hundred AD.

The stone pillar which have the stone inscriptions of Pallava script found in Kutai which lies along the Mahakam River. This is dated from the three hundred AD.  The Majapahit kingdom had control over the coastal parts of Borneo. Brunei used to rule a large part of Borneo while it was at its golden age in the fifteenth century right up to the seventeenth century.  The Sultanate of Sulu received Borneo from the Sultan of Brunei.

Borneo is very rich in biodiversity, there are about fifteen thousan d species of plants that flower and about three thousand different species of trees here. Also there are two hundred and twenty one species of terrestrial mammals and about four hundred and twenty species of resident birds in Borneo. This place just happens to seem like the center of evolution and radiation of most of the species and plants and animal. This apparently turned to e be the subject of mass deforestation. The Borneon Orangutan is endangered specie which is only found in the Borneon rainforest.

Check back here in a short while to find out more about he beautiful island of Borneo.

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September 16, 2021
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