Ujung Padang, Sulawasi, Indonesia
The modern name for Ujung Pandang is Makassar. It is the Sulawesi capital and the island’s largest city. Its location on the Strait that bears its name has been its fortune, or misfortune, depending on your point of view. It has had a contentious relationship with potential and actual colonizers, drawn by the lucrative multi-continental spice trade that passes through the Strait. It was Dutch colony after the 17th century, and the Dutch Fort Rotterdam is a local landmark. This is a good place to see the distinctive high-prowed Bugis schooners that continue to trade throughout the islands of Indonesian Archipelago.