MACASSAR (MAKASSAR, MANGKASAR), the capital of a district of the same name in the island of Celebes, Dutch East Indies, and the chief town of the Dutch government of Celebes. Pop. 17,925 (940 Europeans, 2618 Chinese, 168 Arabs). It stands on the west coast of the southern peninsula of the island, near the southern extremity of the Macassar Strait, which separates Celebes from Borneo. Macassar consists of the Dutch town and port, known as Vlaardingen, and the Malay town which lies inland. Macassar's trade amounts to about i,25o,oooannually, and consists mainly of coffee, trepang, copra, gums, spices and valuable timber.
For the Macassar people and for the Strait, see CELEBES. " Macassar oil " is a trade name, not geographical : see ANTIMACASSAR.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)