By James W. Gould
There is a typical trust that until eventually lately american citizens have most well liked isolation to curiosity in distant parts similar to Southeast Asia. This thesis should be proven by means of interpreting the heritage of yank kinfolk with a spot at the contrary aspect of the globe from the us. this sort of land is Sumatra. it truly is one of many biggest islands on the earth. Its I66,789 sq. mile zone exceeds that of the 3rd greatest American country, California, and is bigger than Italy. mendacity midway world wide from the us, its I050 mile size is sort of divided by way of the equator, which runs throughout it for 285 miles. Sumatra's strategic significance is two-fold. to begin with, it's the first island stepping stone from the Asiatic mainland into the Australasian archipelago. This used to be validated in I942 while the us stationed planes on Sumatra in an try to stem the japanese improve southward. Secondly, it lies athwart the shortest sea routes from japanese Asia to Europe and the jap usa. Sumatra's southern tip kinds one facet 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 course among the a ways East and the Western global from the Sunda to the Malacca Straits.
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It lies in the direction of mutual cooperation. It lies in consumer and producer taking part of the profits of good times, and putting them aside for bad times. It will mean helping the Indonesian smallholder to grow more profitable crops in bad times, and to raise enough rice to keep his family healthy and happy. This involves humanity and cooperation between Americans and Sumatrans. But this has never been lacking, and I am confident that they will find ways to solve their mutual problem by cooperation and sympathy.
Kerosene reached Sumatra by several routes. By r880 large quantities were being shipped from Penang and Singapore to the plantations of the East Coast. South Sumatra was probably supplied from Batavia. The first recorded import at Palembang was in r888. By r882 kerosene was being imported into Padang on the west coast directly from the United States. 13 This is an example of how the trade in kerosene from America to Sumatra was conducted in r885. Five thousand cases of "Chester" brand were purchased from Chester Refining Co.
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Americans in Sumatra by James W. Gould