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Bintan


Digital relief map of Bintan


Bintan (104.528E 0.842N) is an island located southeast of Singapore. The island is a little over 30 miles (50 km) across, with an area of 314 square miles (813 km2). The terrain is mostly level, but with a prominent hill, Bintan Besar, which is the high point of the island at 1180' (330 m).The island had bauxite deposits producing about 434,000 tons per year, and much of the forest cover had been cleared for rubber plantations. The island also had an excellent sheltered anchorage. The chief settlement is Tanjung Pinang (104.447E 0.918N).

The island was controlled by the Dutch in 1941, and when war broke out in the Pacific, the island was defended by Riouw and Dependencies Battalion.

References

Cohen (1949)

Japanese Monograph #68 (1942; accessed 2013-9-6)



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