Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Ceram, or Serang, one of the Southern Moluccas belonging to the Dutch residency of Amboyna. An isthmus divides the island into two parts, and a mountain chain traverses the country, rising to a height of 11,000 feet. Not much is known of the interior, and the inhabitants are gathered chiefly in the coast villages. The sago palm is the chief object of cultivation and attention; but there are also cocoa plantations; iron-wood, and other timber is exported; and maize, sugar-cane, and a variety of fruits are to be found. Among the birds are the swallows that build edible nests.