The name Flores came from the Portuguese who landed on the island in the 16th century and named it “Cabo das Flores”, which means “Cape of Flowers”. The first Portuguese explorers landed in Flores in the year 1511, mainly to Larantuka and Sikka in the quest to dominate the lucrative spice trade in Asia and to extend their missionary efforts.
The missionaries also established the first Catholic school in Larantuka by the late 16th century and later on became an important trade base. Flores – which itself was neither a source of precious spices nor sandalwood – became an important strategic point for the economic activities of Portuguese traders until the Dutch traders interfered with the spice trade.
Finally in 1769 the Portuguese were defeated and they withdrew to Dili in East Timor, and renounced their influence in Eastern Indonesia and sold their remaining enclaves in Flores to the Dutch State. Except for a short period of Japanese occupation during World War II, the Dutch remained the dominating colonial force until Indonesia became an independent nation state in 1949.
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Flores Plus Magazine provides interesting, unique and useful information on everything Flores related for the benefit of our readers. The magazine covers a wide range of topics including an overview on the people of Flores, culture in Flores, tourists’ attractions in Flores, Flores geography, weather in Flores, history of Flores, and cultural highlights in Flores Island. Flores Plus is part of the PT. Trijaya Dewata family, a premier publishing and media brand in Bali and across Indonesia. Established in 1996, it has decades of experience with multiple titles in three languages published over the years. With the launch of Flores Plus, the company now will lead the way as one of the pioneers of tourist media in Flores, Komodo and the Komodo National Park. Available now in English and soon in Japanese, Flores Plus Magazine has a strong online presence and engagement via its website, daily e-newsletters and social media platforms which are updated daily.