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  • Indonesia. The term is sometimes used to refer to all of Southeast Asia. Historically, it referred chiefly to India.

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  • proper n. Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, but also including India, Indochina, Malaya and the Malay Archipelago.

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  • n. a group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia


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  • The Company of the East Indies was the richer and the more powerful of the two, because the trade of the Far East was beyond comparison the most lucrative in the world.

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  • Americas and something called the East Indies, and which Spain claimed as her private property, those humbly born and energetic adventurers were rapidly creating a symmetrical system out of most dismal chaos.

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  • I'm sure one of the reasons the Dutch built an empire across the East Indies was to get away from their winters.

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  • Sent to the East Indies at 13, Robert Forbes 1804-89 made a fortune in the opium trade.

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  • “JANE FOSTER of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services made this statement on her return to San Francisco from the East Indies,” the paper trumpeted.

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  • The uncovering of the new species is particularly intriguing because it follows the discovery, in 2004, of Homo floresiensis – the Hobbit folk of Flores, in the East Indies.

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  • Last week, the Observer reported that leading biographer Victoria Glendinning was having trouble finding a publisher for her new life of East Indies explorer and Singapore founder, Sir Stamford Raffles.

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  • In 1528 Beatrice married Francisco Mendes Benveniste, a wealthy New Christian merchant in Lisbon, whose fortune derived from trade in the East Indies.

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  • In March 1839, Dumont d'Urville directed the French expedition north into the Pacific and East Indies for eighteen months for other explorations before returning to the Southern Ocean in late 1839.

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