Royal House of Kupang

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The Royal House of Kupang descends from the great Empire of Sonbai that was the foremost Atoni Princedom on the island of Timor. The Nisnoni Dynasty succeeded to the throne of the Kingdom of Kupang in the early 16th century and has held the throne as Rajas of Kupang for fourteen generations.

 

Prior to this, the Nisnoni Dynasty were and still are the Liurai of Sonbai Kecil, and thus Princes and past Emperors of Sonbai Kecil. This lineage was acknowledged by both the Dutch and the Portuguese who recorded the Rajas of Kupang as Keiser and Emperor.

 About West Timor 

West Timor is an area covering the western part of the island of Timor, except for the district of Oecussi-Ambeno. Administratively, West Timor is part of East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. The capital, as well as its main port, is Kupang. During the colonial period, the area was named Dutch Timor and was a center of Dutch loyalists during the Indonesian National Revolution.

 

From 1949 to 1975 it was named Indonesian Timor.
 

The total area of West Timor is 14,732.35 km², including offshore islands. The highest peaks are Mount Mutis, 2,427 meters above sea level, and Mount Lakaan, 1,600 meters above sea level.


The main languages of West Timor, Dawan, Marae, and Tetun, as well as several other languages, such as Kemak, Bunak, and Helong, are also used in East Timor. The other three languages which are only used in the local area of the Austronesian language group from the Fabron branches are Ndao, Rote, and Sabu.


West Timor was a refugee shelter from 1998 to 2002, due to the prolonged East Timor conflict.

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