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Timor

Timor is an island at the south of Indonesia. The name is a variant of timur, Indonesian for "east"; it is so called because it is at the east end of a chain of islands.

The island has been divided into two parts politically for centuries: West Timor, which was known as Dutch Timor from the 1800s until 1949 when it became Indonesian Timor, a part of the nation of Indonesia which was formed from the old Dutch East Indies.

The other political division on the island is the independent country of East Timor which was known as Portuguese Timor from 1596 until 1975. Since 1975, when Portuguese Timor ceased to exist, the two political regions on Timor island have been known as simply East and West Timor.

To the south and southeast of Timor is the country of Australia. To the northwest of Timor is the island of Sulawesi. To the west of Timor is the island of Sumba. To the west-northwest of Timor is the island of Flores.


In Roman mythology, the god Timor was equivalent to the Greek Phobos.



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