A city of western Borneo, Indonesia, at the northern edge of the Kapuas River delta. Capital of a sultanate founded in 1772, it is a trading center in an agricultural region.
Seaport in W Kalimantan, Indonesia, on the South China Sea.
Pontianak Sentence Examples
They are Pontianak, Banjermasin,, Kota Bharu, Pasir, Samarinda, Beru and Bulungan.
This river, of volume varying with the tide and the amount of rainfall, is normally navigable by small steamers and native prahus, of a draught of 4 to 5 ft., for 300 to 400 m., that is to say, from Pontianak up to Sintang, and thence as far as Benut.
The Kapuas valley has so far yielded the largest quantity, and Pontianak is, for diamonds, the principal port of export.
In Sambas, Montrado and some parts of Pontianak, the greater density of the population is due to the greater fertility of the soil, the opening of mines, the navigation and trade plied on the larger rivers, and the concentration of the population at the junctions of rivers, the mouths of rivers and the seats of government.
Of the chief place in the western division, Pontianak has about 9000 inhabitants; Sambas about 8000; Montrado, Mampawa and Landak between 2000 and 4000 each; and in the south and eastern division there are Banjermasin with nearly 50,000 inhabitants; Marabahan, Amuntai, Negara, Samarinda and Tengarung with populations of from 5000 to io,000 inhabitants each.