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Karangantu: The forgotten silk route lost to time

  • Arief Suhardiman

    Serang, Banten

Serang, Banten   /   Sat, November 7 2020   /  04:33 pm
Master carvers: Local people make a wooden boat near the river estuary in Karangantu in Serang, Banten.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Karangantu, located in Serang, Banten, is harboring a piece of history. Formerly a large and important seaport during the era of the Banten Sultanate, it was hailed worldwide as the silk route for international trade. In those days, Karangantu was visited by many traders from Asia, Africa and Europe. Lighting the way: A man prepares to embark on a fishing journey that could take him as far as Lampung in Sumatra. (JP/Arief Suhardiman) Dutch Governor Jan Pieterzoon Coen mentioned six Chinese boats that carried high-value goods in Karangantu, as chronicled in the book Mengenal Peninggalan Sejarah dan Purbakala Kota Banten Lama (Knowing the Historical and Archaeological Heritage of the Old City of Banten) by Uka Tjandrasasmita, Hasan M. Ambary and Hawany Michrob. It was revealed that Tom Pires, a medicine expert from Portugal who traveled to Southeast Asia, visited Banten in 1...