from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island group of eastern Indonesia, part of the Moluccas in the Arafura Sea southwest of New Guinea. The islands were colonized by the Dutch after 1623.
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As Sir R.F. Burton (vol. viii., p. 60, note) has called in question my identification of the Islands of WákWák with the Aru Islands near
In hindsight Wallace would see that his months in the Aru Islands were the most profitable period of his whole eight-year sojourn in the Malay Archipelago, and that the weeks at Wanumbai had given him the best of Aru.
“The Memory of Trade: Circulation, Autochthony, and the Past in the Aru Islands Eastern Indonesia.”
During one of the later French voyages, a wild pig was killed and brought from the Aru Islands to Paris.
The productions of the Aru Islands closely resemble those of New Guinea, more than half the species of birds being identical, as well as about half of the few known mammals.
I shall be quite prepared to subscribe to your doctrine of subsidence: indeed from the quite independent evidence of the coral reefs I coloured my original map in my Coral volumes colours [sic] of the Aru Islands as one of subsidence, but got frightened and left it uncoloured.
The Aru Islands may have been famously enticing among Buginese sea traders, but for most British naturalists they were distant and alien beyond imagining.