Supiori Island

Summary

Supiori is an island of the Schouten Islands archipelago in Cenderawasih Bay, just west of Biak island in Papua Province, Western New Guinea, northeastern Indonesia.

Supiori
Supiori is located in Papua (province)
Supiori
Supiori
Geography
LocationMelanesia; Oceania
Coordinates0°45′S 135°30′E / 0.750°S 135.500°E / -0.750; 135.500Coordinates: 0°45′S 135°30′E / 0.750°S 135.500°E / -0.750; 135.500
ArchipelagoSchouten Islands
Area514.49 km2 (198.65 sq mi)
Highest elevation1,034 m (3392 ft)
Administration
Province Papua
RegencySupiori
Demographics
Population17,048 (2020 Census)
Pop. density33/km2 (85/sq mi)
Additional information
Time zone
Supiori as one of the Schouten Islands

DescriptionEdit

The island has a rugged terrain, largely covered in tropical rainforest. It is about forty kilometres (25 miles) long and 25 km (16 mi) wide, covering a total area of 514.49 square kilometres (199 square miles) (including small offshore islands such as Rani but excluding the neighbouring Aruri Archipelago. Its highest point is 1,034 metres (3,392 ft) in elevation.

Principal settlements include Korido on the south coast and Yenggarbun on the north coast. South of Supiori lie the small coral islands Aruri (Insumbabi) and Rani. Before 1963, the island was part of the colonial Netherlands New Guinea. It comprises Supiori Regency within Papua Province.

HistoryEdit

The island was first sighted by Europeans by the Portuguese Jorge de Menezes in 1526. Menezes landed at Biak Islands, where he was forced to winter.[1] One of the first sightings was also made by the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Saavedra on 24 June 1528, when trying to return from Tidore to New Spain. The Schoutens were charted as Islas de Oro (Golden Islands in Spanish).

Its sighting was again reported by Spanish navigator Íñigo Órtiz de Retes in 1545. It was charted as Los Martires by the Spaniards, possibly because it was where Spanish navigator Hernando de Grijalva was murdered by his mutinied crew.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kratoska, Paul H. (2001). South East Asia, Colonial History: Imperialism before 1800, Volume 1 de South East Asia, Colonial History. Taylor & Francis. p. 56.[1]
  2. ^ Hamy, Ernst T. "Comentarios sobre algunas cartas antiguas de la Nueva Guinea para servir a la historia del descubrimiento de aquel país por los navegantes españoles (1528-1606)," translated by Martín Ferreiro and included in the work of Justo Zaragoza in Boletín de la Sociedad Geográfica de Madrid, tIV, primer semestre, 1878, p.44