The Indonesian Plantation Museum in Medan, North Sumatra, opened 59 years to the day after the Indonesian government took over the Dutch plantations in the country. Photo: Peter Janssen

How Havana of the East withered under state rule and palm oil's rise

A sultan lured a Dutchman to Sumatra 150 years ago to launch tobacco growing. Initially successful, the industry withered after Sukarno’s nationalisation and was eclipsed by palm oil. A museum recalls the glory days

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The Indonesian Plantation Museum in Medan, North Sumatra, opened 59 years to the day after the Indonesian government took over the Dutch plantations in the country. Photo: Peter Janssen
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