By James W. Gould
There is a typical trust that till lately american citizens have most well-liked isolation to curiosity in distant parts similar to Southeast Asia. This thesis will be proven through interpreting the background of yank family members with a spot at the contrary aspect of the globe from the us. this kind of land is Sumatra. it really is one of many greatest islands on this planet. Its I66,789 sq. mile quarter exceeds that of the 3rd greatest American country, California, and is greater than Italy. mendacity midway worldwide from the us, its I050 mile size is nearly divided by way of the equator, which runs throughout it for 285 miles. Sumatra's strategic value is two-fold. to start with, it's the first island stepping stone from the Asiatic mainland into the Australasian archipelago. This used to be verified in I942 while the USA stationed planes on Sumatra in an try to stem the japanese boost southward. Secondly, it lies athwart the shortest sea routes from jap Asia to Europe and the jap usa. Sumatra's southern tip types one aspect of the Straits of Sunda which guards the entry to the Java, China and Philippine Seas. on the island's northern tip is the doorway to the Straits of Malacca, the shortest sea lane be tween the close to and much East. the hole of the Suez Canal in I869 shifted the shortest path among the a long way East and the Western global from the Sunda to the Malacca Straits.
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82 After the 1937 peak the shipments fell off until stopped by the war in 1942. Postwar production in Sumatra has been hindered by the fact that so many plantations lie in insecure areas which are barely under government control, such as Atjeh. Imports of palm oil resumed in 1948, and though there were no imports in 1950, the next year was the postwar peak, with 33,632,354 pounds worth $ 6,307,815. This peak was caused partly by emergency stockpiling which caused a minor flurry in 1953. In that year Senator Joseph R.
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The four largest Indonesian exports to the United States originate largely in Sumatra. They are: rubber, oil, tin and pepper. In addition several other Indonesian imports to the United States come from Sumatra: cassia (seventh most important export), sisal (tenth), patchouli oil (fifteenth), palm oil (seventeenth) and tobacco wrapper (eighteenth). However, any Indonesian will ask himself whether it is a good state of affairs when one country sells so much to another. And so will any fair-minded American ask the same question: Is this a colonial relationship?
Americans in Sumatra by James W. Gould