* Foto’s old Sulawesi, tribes on Sulawesi and ancient sites: link
History of the kingdom
At the north end of Lake Tempe and Lake Sidenreng, is a small settlement called Belawa. The fertile realm is surrounded by great empires: the kingdom of Wajo to the southeast, the Sidenreng Kingdom to the west and the Soppeng Kingdom on the other side of the southern lake. Once, the kingdom of Belawa was founded by a prince of the Kingdom of Bulu Cenrana, named: La Monri Arung Belawa MammulangngE Petta Matinroe ri Gucinna. He also named the kingdom he built as “Belawa” (the name of a large tree whose sap can cause skin allergies) as well as proclaimed as a sovereign kingdom in the XIV century AD.
Map of kingdoms on South Sulawesi, 1909
Old maps of Sulawesi
For old maps (1606, 1633, 1683, 1700, 1757, 1872, abad ke-19): klik here
Sulawesi and Maluku, 1683
The last Arung of Belawa: Andi Patongai Datui Doping Arung Belawa (Datu Bolong).