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The New International Encyclopædia/Banjarmassin

BANJARMASSIN, bänyär-mäs′sē̇n. A city and district in southeastern Borneo, held by the Dutch since 1787, and incorporated in their possessions since 1860. Watered by the Banjar River and inhabited chiefly by Dyaks, the region produces gold, diamonds, coal, spices, gum, wax, rattan, etc. Forest and jungle in the hilly interior, and rice-fields in the flat valleys and along the sea-coast are the features of the landscape. The town of Banjarmassin, built mostly on piles, has a population of 30,000.