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{{Unreferenced|date=February 2009}} '''Sultanate of Tidore''' (Indonesian: ''Kerjaan Islam'' or ''Kesultanan Tidore'', sometimes ''Kerjaan Tidore'') was a sultanate in Southeast Asia, centered on the island of [[Tidore]], a rival of [[Sultanate of Ternate]] for control of the spice trade. ==History== The Sultanate of Tidore ruled most of southern Halmahera, and, at times, controlled [[Buru]], [[Ambon Island|Ambon]] and many of the islands off the coast of [[New Guinea]]. Tidore established a loose alliance with the [[Spain|Spanish]] in the sixteenth century, and Spain had several forts on the island. While there was much mutual distrust between the Tidorese and the Spaniards, for Tidore the Spanish presence was helpful in resisting incursions by their Dutch enemy on Ternate, as well as their [[Netherlands|Dutch]] ally, that had a fort on that island. Before the Spanish withdrawal from Tidore and Ternate in 1663, Tidore became one of the most independent kingdoms in the region, resisting direct control by [[Dutch East India Company]] (VOC). Particularly under [[Sultan Saifuddin]] (r. 1657-1689), the Tidore court was skilled at using Dutch payment for [[spices]] for gifts to strengthen traditional ties with Tidore's traditional periphery. As a result he was widely respected by many local populations, and had little need to call on the Dutch for military help in governing the kingdom, as Ternate frequently did. Tidore remained an independent kingdom, albeit with frequent Dutch interference, until the late eighteenth century. Like Ternate, Tidore allowed the Dutch spice eradication program (''extirpatie'') to proceed in its territories. This program, indended to strengthen the Dutch spice monopoly by limiting production to a few places, impoverished Tidore and weakened its control over its periphery. {{coord missing|Indonesia}} by: Teddy Mumu {{DEFAULTSORT:Sultanate Of Tidore}}