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The Lesser Sunda Islands; Sumba is in the center
The Lesser Sunda Islands; Sumba is in the center

Sumba is an island in Indonesia, and is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It has an area of 11,153 kmĀ², and the population has been estimated as between 350,000 and 425,000. There is a dry season from May to November and a rainy season from December to April. Historically, this island exported sandalwood. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2200x1700, 599 KB) The Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Forming the southern arc of central Indonesia, the Lesser Sunda Islands link the island of Java (west) to the island of Timor (east). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2200x1700, 599 KB) The Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Forming the southern arc of central Indonesia, the Lesser Sunda Islands link the island of Java (west) to the island of Timor (east). ... Map of Lesser Sunda Islands The Nusa Tenggara, or Lesser Sunda Islands, are a group of islands in the middle-south part of the Malay Archipelago. ... The branches of a young sandalwood tree found in Hawaii Sandalwood is the wood of trees of the genus Santalum. ...


To the northwest of Sumba is Sumbawa, to the northeast, across the Sumba Strait (Selat Sumba), is Flores, to the east, across the Savu Sea, is Timor, and to the south, across part of the Indian Ocean, is Australia. It is in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. The largest town on the island is Waingapu, with a population of about 10,700. Sumbawa is an Indonesian island, located in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain, with Lombok to the west, Flores to the east, and Sumba further to the southeast. ... Sumba Strait is a strait in Indonesia, at . ... Map of Flores Island Flores (Portuguese for flowers) is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, an island arc with an estimated area of 14,300 km² extending east from the Java island of Indonesia. ... The Savu Sea (or the Sawu Sea) is a small sea named for the island of Savu (Sawu) on its southern boundary. ... Map of Timor Timor Island from space, November 1989. ... Map showing East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia East Nusa Tenggara (Indonesian: Nusa Tenggara Timur) a province of Indonesia, located in the eastern portion Lesser Sunda Islands, including West Timor. ... Waingapu is a town in Indonesia. ...

The islands of East Nusa Tenggara Province; Sumba is at left
The islands of East Nusa Tenggara Province; Sumba is at left

Before colonization, Sumba was inhabited by several small ethnolinguistic groups, some of which may have had tributary relations to the Majapahit Empire. In 1522 the first ships from Europe arrived, and by 1866 Sumba belonged to the Dutch East Indies, although the island did not come under real Dutch administration until the twentieth century. Image File history File links Nusa_Tenggara_Timur. ... Image File history File links Nusa_Tenggara_Timur. ... A tributary state is an independent state that has to acknowledge the supremacy of another state and pay tribute to its ruler. ... The Majapahit Empire was an Indianized kingdom based in eastern Java from 1293 to around 1500. ... The Dutch East Indies, or Netherlands East Indies, (Dutch: Nederlands-Indië) was the name of the colonies set up by the Dutch East India Company, which came under administration of the Netherlands during the 19th century (see Indonesia). ...


The Sumbanese people speak a variety of closely related Austronesian languages, and have a mixture of Malay and Melanesian ancestry. Twenty-five to thirty percent of the population practises the animist Marapu religion. The remainder are Christian, a majority being Dutch Calvinist, but a substantial minority being Roman Catholic. A small number of Sunni Muslims can be found along the coastal areas. The Austronesian languages are a language family widely dispersed throughout the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific ( with a few members spoken on continental Asia). ... Malays (Dutch, Maleiërs, ultimately from Malay: Melayu) are a diverse group of Austronesian peoples inhabiting the Malay archipelago and Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia. ... Map showing Melanesia. ... The Marapu religion (also known as Marafu in Sumbawa) is a form of ancestral religion that is practiced mainly in the island of Sumba in Indonesia. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Calvinism is a system of Christian theology and an approach to Christian life and thought within the Protestant tradition articulated by John Calvin, a Protestant Reformer in the 16th century, and subsequently by successors, associates, followers and admirers of Calvin, his interpretation of Scripture, and perspective on Christian life and... The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see Terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins and sees itself as the same Church founded by Jesus of Nazareth and maintained through Apostolic Succession from the Twelve... Sunni Muslims are the largest denomination of Islam. ...


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