- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste (officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste) is a country in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecussi-Ambeno, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. The small country of 15,410 km² (5,400 sq mi) is located about 640 km (400 mi) northwest of Darwin, Australia.
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 was invaded and occupied by Indonesia later that year, and declared that country's 27th province the following year. In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of self-determination, Indonesia relinquished control of the territory and East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the twenty-first century on May 20, 2002. East Timor is one of only two predominantly Roman Catholic countries in Asia, the other being the Philippines.
- 1 decade ago
East Timor was basically a Portuguese colony that was overrun by Indonesia in 1975 . The people of that island never really accepted this and fought to have their rights listened to. In 1999, the people of East Timor were allowed to vote on either or not they wanted independence. They voted that they did want to be independent, which angered Indonesia.
Indonesians believed that if East Timor broke away, than several other islands would follow and thus it would begun the fracturing of their country. However, this never really happened, and East Timor became a free state in 2002