According to the locals, Flores Island was named after Nipa, the serpent. As a result of the Portuguese occupation, the island was renamed ‘Flores’ after the Portuguese word meaning ‘Flower’. Unfortunately, not much is known about the original history of Flores before foreign powers took over. For centuries, many have showed interest in Flores – all with different intentions, some power some economical. These foreign influences left many a mark on the island and its people as well as the cultural and social diversity. Around the early 16th century, Portuguese traders arrived and the island became an important point for strategic economic activities. Today, these influences are still visible; for instance the island is mainly Catholic. The Dutch took over after Lima Lopes sold the island to them and Flores became part of the Dutch East Indies, thereby improving the island’s infrastructure and educational system. Flores is divided into five major districts: Manggarai, Ngada, Ende, Sikka, and Flores Timur. After the Second World War, Flores joined the independent country of Indonesia. Find out more about Flores, its unique regions, people and culture and read more about the Komodo National Park, the Komodo Dragons and the beauty of Flores as you Rediscover Hidden Paradise with FloresPlus Magazine! Submit your photos and videos by tagging us #floresplus via our Instagram and Facebook page and stand a chance to be featured.

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