No one really knows the ancestors of the irian jaya people . on some of the friezes at Borobudur, frizzy haired men and women appear but these could just as well represent peoples from island closer to java . The majapahit kingdom of java even mentioned two territories in irian jaya , onion and seran.
However it is certain that trade between some of the moluccan island or perhaps even java , and the irian existed long before this. items such as bird of paradise skins and Missory bark , unquestionably of Iirianese origin ,were well - known trade items. And sultan Tidore long claimed areas in and around west Irian. predicted that Papuans reached New Guinea at the Pleistocene era ,when periods of glaciations reduced sea levels 100 to 150 meters below their present levels. The history of man and resulting submergence and emergence of two great continental shelves at the opposite ends of the archipelago ; the Sahul in the east and the Sunda in the west.
During Word War II , Irianjaya ,especially Biak , Jayapura , Sarmi ,Manokwari and Sorong were once base of the Pacific war . Led by General Douglas Mac Arthur, Allied Force attacked Japanese troops and forced them out . As result there are a lot of war remains throughout the island . The Dutch colonized the country of Indonesia ,including Irian jaya , for years . Arter took independence in 1945 ,the Dutch lef main islands of Indonesia but not Irianjaya .In many cities and towns and even in villages, today ,developments may not be hidden
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