Enter your email address below that is associated with your account. Lesser Sunda Islands, a group of islands in the eastern half of Indonesia. The population was 1,831,000 in anthony Flores 2010 census and the largest town is Maumere. Flores is located east of Sumbawa and Komodo and west of Lembata and the Alor Archipelago.

Portuguese term for the eastern part of the island. This part of the island, originally called Kopondai, was so named by the Portuguese because of the flowering Delonix regia trees found there. Portuguese traders and missionaries came to Flores in the 16th century, mainly to Larantuka and Sikka. Their influence is still discernible in Sikka’s language, culture and religion. The Dominican order was extremely important in this island, as well as in the neighbouring islands of Timor and Solor. The Larantuqueiros or Topasses became the dominant sandalwood trading people of the region for the next 200 years.

This group used Portuguese as the language for worship, Malay as the language of trade and a mixed dialect as mother tongue. These have no Forts, but depend on their Alliance with the Natives: And indeed they are already so mixt, that it is hard to distinguish whether they are Portuguese or Indians. They speak indifferently the Malayan and their own native Languages, as well as Portuguese. During World War II a Japanese invasion force landed at Reo on 14 May 1942 and occupied Flores.