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 (äm′bôn) also Am·boi·na (ăm-boi′nə)
An island of eastern Indonesia in the Moluccas near Seram. Settled by the Portuguese in the 1500s, it was also the site of an English settlement that was destroyed by the Dutch in 1623.


1. (Placename) Also: Amboina an island in Indonesia, in the Moluccas. Capital: Amboina. Area: 1000 sq km (386 sq miles)
2. (Placename) Also: Amboina a port in the Moluccas, the capital of Ambon (Amboina) island


(ˈɑm bɔn)

also Am•boi•na

(æmˈbɔɪ nə)

1. an island in the central Moluccas, in E Indonesia. 72,679; 314 sq. mi. (813 sq. km).
2. a seaport on this island. 56,037.
Am•bo•nese (ˌæm bəˈniz, -ˈnis) n., pl. -nese, adj.
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Donde finalmente, por el parecer de algunos padres que alli estabamos y de algunos hidalgos, acordamos con el capitan de los portugueses que nos trajese para estas partes de la India, desconfiando de poder retornar a Nueva Espana: partiendo de aquella tierra, vinimos a la isla de Amboina [Ambon], en la cual encontre al padre Maestro Francisco (55).
3) George Eberhard Rumphius, Waerachtigh verhael van de schrickelijke aerdbevinge in d'Eylanden van Amboina (Batavia: transcribed and repr.
That the peninsula or cape of Cattigara did not extend south of the Equator was demonstrated by Antonio de Abreu and Francisco Serrao in 1511-1512 when they were able to make the voyage from Malacca to Amboina and the Moluccas by sailing across open sea--the South China Sea and Java Sea--in the area where it was shown to be by Martellus and Behaim.
119] For example, on 16 January the 2nd Carrier Division, with one heavy cruiser and two destroyers, was sent into the Banda Sea to spearhead the assault against Amboina, while Vice Admiral Nobutake Kondos force of two battleships, three heavy cruisers, and six destroyers patrolled an outer ring well to the rear, between Mindanao, Palau, and northern New Guinea.
Testimony to this pragmatism was the existence of a Portuguese presence from the Amazon to Amboina and formation of empire in two hemispheres by 1570.