TRIB­UTE TO A NA­TIONAL WAR­RIOR, ENDE

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On your next visit to the Ke­limutu Na­tional Park in Ende, Flo­res, you’ll def­i­nitely pass through Ende city where you might come across a statue of Ende’s very own na­tional war­rior – Mari Longa died pro­tect­ing his peo­ple and home­land from en­croach­ing Dutch colo­nial­ism in var­i­ous bat­tles that took place be­tween 1898 and 1907. Born in 1855, he was a de­scen­dant of a long line of war­riors and died dur­ing bat­tle with the Dutch in 1907. He is very much re­spected and loved by all the peo­ple of Ende and a statue in his like­ness was erected by the local peo­ple to com­mem­o­rate his brav­ery and strength. Re­cently, a sta­dium was built and named af­ter the na­tional war­rior; Sta­dium Mar­i­longa is the site to many a glo­ri­ous foot­ball matches. A street is also named af­ter him. Also lo­cated nearby is the Wolowona Tra­di­tional Mar­ket, where trav­ellers could pur­chase local prod­ucts and farm­fresh pro­duce, or sim­ply min­gle and ob­serve the lo­cals with their wares.

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