Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Otanaha fortress situated on a hill in the Village Dembe I, West City District, Gorontalo City. The fort was built around the year 1522.
Around the 15th century, the notion of people that most of the mainland Gorontalo is sea water. At that time, the Kingdom of Gorontalo under the Government of King Ilato, or Matolodulakiki with queen Tilangohula (1505-1585). They pick the three breeds, namely Ndoba (women) and Naha (men). Time adolescence, Naha wandered into the land side, while Ndoba and Tiliaya live in the kingdom.
Once a Portuguese sailing ship stopped at Port of Gorontalo Since running out of food, the influence of bad weather, and disruption of pirates.
They are facing to the King Ilato. The meeting produced an agreement, that in order to strengthen defense and security of the country, will be built or set up three fortresses in the hills Dembe Village, West City District is now, namely in 1525.
Apparently, the Portuguese captain and the only manipulated the forces Ndoba Tiliaya when will repel pirates who often interfere with the fishermen in pantai.Seluruh people and troops, reinforced Tiliaya Ndoba and four Apitalau, got up and urged the Portuguese to leave the mainland Portuguese Gorontalo.Para nakhkoda directly leaving the Port of Gorontalo.
Ndoba and Tiliaya appear as two prominent women fighters at the time immediately prepare locals to fend off enemy attacks and the possibility of a war that will terjadi.Pasukan Ndoba and Tiliaya, reinforced by the navy led by Apitalau or 'sea captain', ie Apitalau Lakoro , Pitalau Lagona, Apitalau Lakadjo, and Apitalau Djailani.
Around the year 1585, Naha rediscover the third fort. He marry a woman named Ohihiya. From this was born the husband and wife are two sons, namely Thigh (Pahu) and Limonu. At that time the war against Hemuto or group leader transmigrants via the north path. Naha and Thigh Hemuto died fighting.
Limonu avenge the death of his father and brother. Naha, Ohihiya, Thighs, and Limonu have used the fortress as the center of the three defense forces. Against the backdrop of the events above, then the third fort is enshrined with the name as follows. First, Otanaha. Ota means fortress. Naha is the person who discovered the fort. Otanaha means fort discovered by Naha.
Second, Otahiya. Ota means fortress. Hiya acronym of the word Ohihiya, wife Otahiya Naha, meaning the fortress of Ohihiya. Third Ulupahu. Ulu Uwole acronym of the word, meaning the property of Pahu was the son of Naha. Pahu Ulupahu means the fortress of the Son of Naha.