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The Solor-Timor Mission Of The Dominicans 1562–1800

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The Indonesian Province of Nusa Tenggara Timur, or the 'Southeastern Islands', had been reached by Austronesian migrants about 2000 BCE, travelling from the north through the Moluccas. In 1562 the primeiros missionarios a Solor, three Dominicans from Malacca, opened the first period in the long Christian history of Nusa Tenggara, which continues uninterrupted to the present day. The Solor-Timor mission of the Dominican fathers is rich in priests and laymen, who gave their lives for Christ. Until 1702 the temporal administration of the 'Portuguese' part of the Solor Archipelago was more or less in the hands of the Dominicans or of some mestizos they favoured. The question of freedom of religion for the native Catholics on Flores and Timor led to the first Luso-Dutch Treaty (1854) that was rejected by the Dutch parliament because it only guaranteed freedom of Catholic worship.

Keywords: Catholics; Christian; Dominicans; Indonesia; Malacca; Moluccas; Portuguese; Solor Archipelago; Solor-Timor mission



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