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The last significant non-Muslim kingdom, the Hindu Majapahit kingdom, flourished from the late 13th century, and its influence stretched over much of Indonesia.
The earliest evidence of Islamised populations in Indonesia dates to the 13th century in northern Sumatra; other Indonesian areas gradually adopted Islam which became the dominant religion in Java and Sumatra by the end of the 16th century.
By the early 20th century, Dutch dominance extended to the current boundaries.
The Japanese invasion and subsequent occupation in 1942–45 during WWII ended Dutch rule, and encouraged the previously suppressed Indonesian independence movement.
Homo sapiens reached the region by around 45,000 years ago.
In 2011 evidence was uncovered in neighbouring East Timor, showing that 42,000 years ago these early settlers had high-level maritime skills, and by implication the technology needed to make ocean crossings to reach Australia and other islands, as they were catching and consuming large numbers of big deep sea fish such as tuna.
This 3 foot tall hominid is thought to be a species descended from Homo erectus and reduced in size over thousands of years by a well known process called island dwarfism.
An attempted coup in 1965 led to a violent army-led anti-communist purge in which over half a million people were killed.
General Suharto politically outmanoeuvred President Sukarno, and became president in March 1968.
Flores Man seems to have shared the island with modern Homo sapiens until only 12,000 years ago, when they became extinct.
In 2010 stone tools were discovered on Flores dating from 1 million years ago, which is the oldest evidence anywhere in the world that early man had the technology to make sea crossings at this very early time.
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His New Order administration garnered the favour of the West whose investment in Indonesia was a major factor in the subsequent three decades of substantial economic growth.