What was once a small port city near the Ciliwung River that began about 5 centuries ago has eventually grown into a buzzing international trade centre. Jakarta is now a tourist hub with much to see and do. Here’s a look at the early days of Jakarta;
Dutch rule in Jakarta
In the 16th century, Jakarta was called Jayakarta. The Dutch arrived in Jayakarta at the end of the 16th century after a visit to Banten. In the 17th century, Jayakarta was under the rule of the Prince who had ties with the Sultanate of Banten. The Dutch colonized the city in 1619 and changed the name of the city to Batavia.
Japanese hold on the city
In the period of 1942-1945, Jakarta was taken over by the Japanese who changed the name again to Djakarta. During this era, the city of Jakarta was brought to ruin by the Japanese excavating every nook and corner in search of metal necessary for war. By this, many buildings and other structures were destroyed. The people of Jakarta were provoked and infuriated by the Japanese who snatched away all their valuables as an aid for World War II.
Independence at last
On the 17th of August 1945, the city of Jakarta held the honour of being the official venue for the declaration of the independence of the Republic of Indonesia. The dominion of Indonesia was recognized by the world in the year 1949. After winning freedom over the land, many projects were initiated in the city of Jakarta.
The city is now part of an economy that is growing speedily with money circulation of about 70%. The economy consists of main industries like property services, creative industries, services and tourism. The city is filled with buildings like Somerset Grand Citra Jakartawhich is a hotel apartment. Jakarta is now the typical metropolitan beauty!
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+