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  • Native name of the city misheard by the British as Macassar. It is also known as Makassar in Indonesian and in fact has undergone a formal name change to the horrible Ujung Pandang.

    "At that time Macassar was teeming with life and commerce. It was the point in the islands where tended all those bold spirits who, fitting out schooners on the Australian coast, invaded the Malay Archipelago in search of money and adventure. Bold, reckless, keen in business, not disinclined for a brush with the pirates that were to be found on many a coast as yet, making money fast, they used to have a general 'rendezvous' in the bay for purposes of trade and dissipation."

    - Foreword to 'Almayer's Folly', Joseph Conrad, 1895.

    December 19, 2007