Kingdom of Sungai Serut / Sumatera, Prov. Bengkulu

The kingdom of Sungai Serut was locted on Sumatera, Provinsi Bengkulu.

Provinsi Bengkulu

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History of the kingdom

In ancient times, in the area of Bengkulu, was established a kingdom called the Kingdom of Sungai Serut. Ratu Agung, a prince from Banten.
Ratu Agung ruled the Kingdom of Sungai Serut with wise wisdom. He was highly respected by his people. He also ruled over the people of Rejang Sawah / Sabah (Rejang Tribe from Lebong in Bukit Barisan highlands spread to the coast). Its people are tall, well-built, and bigger than most people.

Ratu Agung had six sons and a daughter. The six sons of Ratu Agung were Kelamba Api/Raden Cili, Manuk Mincur, Lemang Batu, Tajuk Rompong, Rindang Papan, Anak Dalam,, and the youngest was a princess named Putri Gading Cempaka.
The testament to the throne of the Serut Kingdom was accepted by Anak Dalam.
Then there was a problem, because the daughter of Gading Cempaka wanted to marry a crown prince from the Kingdom of Aceh named Prince Raja Muda Aceh.
After the problem the son of Ratu Agung, Anak Dalam, finally withdrew with his six siblings to Gunung Bungkuk.
Prince Raja Muda Aceh with his surviving troops went back to the Tanah Rencong without bringing any results.

History kingdoms in Bengkulu

Google translation

In Bengkulu existed in the past kingdoms, based on ethnicity / tribes.

NB: kerajaan = kingdom

  1. Kerajaan Sungai Serut
  2. Kerajaan Selebar
  3. Kerajaan Pat Petulai
  4. Kerajaan Balai Buntar
  5. Kerajaan Sungai Lemau
  6. Kerajaan Sekiris
  7. Kerajaan Gedung Agung
  8. Kerajaan Marau Riang

They were under the sultanate of Banten and they became vazal (bound / conquered area). Some areas of Bengkulu, also had been under the authority of the Kingdom of Inderapura since the 17th century. The British East India Company (EIC) had since 1685 established the Bencoolen / Coolen pepper trade center.
At that time, the EIC expedition was led by Ralph Ord and William Cowley to find a replacement for the pepper center after the Port of Banten fell into the hands of the VOC, and the EIC was barred from trading there. The Treaty of the kingdom of Selebar on July 12, 1685 permitted England to erect fortresses and various commercial buildings. The York Castle was founded in 1685 around the mouth of the Serut River.
From 1714, a fortress called Marlborough was built and completed in 1719, which remains standing today. However, the company gradually realized it was not profitable, because it did not produce enough pepper.
Since the implementation of the London Agreement in 1824, Bengkulu was handed over to the Netherlands in exchange for Malacca as well as affirmation of ownership of Tumasik / Singapore and Belitung Island. Since that agreement Bengkulu became part of the Dutch East Indies.
The discovery of the gold deposit in Rejang Lebong area in the second half of the 19th century made it a gold mining center until the 20th century. Now, commercial mining activities have been discontinued since the depletion of the deposit.
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Source (only indon. language)

– Sejarah kerajaan di Bengkulu:
– Sejarah kerajaan Sungai Serut dan kerajaan Sungai Lemau:
– Tentang Ratu Agung: