East Timor

East Timor

About East Timor

East Timor, or Timor-Leste, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. The country's size is about 15,410 km (5,400 sq mi). East Timor was colonized by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal's decolonization of the country. In late 1975, East Timor declared its independence, but later that year was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and was declared Indonesia's 27th province the following year.

Contributions by Quiensabe, Paul Benjamin Austin, and Trey Stone.