Indonesian Fortifications

My sister Laura Phillips the Archaeologist is blogging from Indonesia.  She is on her way to the Banda Islands to excavate an ancient fortification.  The Banda Islands are part of the Maluku's (Moluccas).  They are also known in our history text books as the Spice Islands.  It seems one of these islands was involved in the deal to buy Manhattan from the Dutch.  This region was important to Chinese traders for almost a thousand years .  Donn F. Draeger's book The Weapons & Fighting Arts of Indonesia dedicates the final chapter to the Maluku region.

Since we figured out how to grow nutmeg commercially, these Islands have been out in the middle of nowhere.  Check it out.  Fortifications.