FLORES , an
See also:island of the Dutch East Indies, a member of the chain extending east of
See also:Java . Its length is 224 m., its greatest breadth 37 m., and its
See also:area 5850 sq. m . The existence of
See also:chalk, and
See also:sandstone, eruptive
See also:rock, volcanoes and heights stretching west and east, indicates a similar structure to that of the other islands of the chain . Several volcanoes are active . Among the loftier summits are, on the south
See also:coast, Gunong Rokka (7940 ft.) and Keo (656o ft.); with the lesser but constantly active Gunong Api, forming a peninsula; and at the south-east, Lobetobi (7,20 ft.) . The thickly wooded interior is little explored . The coasts have deep bays and extensive rounded gulfs, where are situated the
See also:principal villages (team-pangs) . On the
See also:north coast are Bari, Reo, Maumer and Geliting; on the east, Larantuka; and on the south, Sikka and Endeh . FLORIAN 539 The
See also:rivers, known only at their mouths, seem to be unnavigable . The mean temperature is 770 to 8o° F., and the yearly rainfall 43 to 47 in . For administrative purposes the island is divided into West Flores (Mangerai), attached. to the
See also:government of
See also:Celebes, and
See also:Middle and East Flores (Larantuka and dependencies), attached to the residency of Timor . The population is estimated at 250,000 .
See also:people live by
See also:trade, fishing,
See also:shipbuilding, and the cultivation of
See also:maize, and palms in the plain, but there is little
See also:industry or commerce . Some edible birds' nests, rice,
See also:sandalwood and
See also:cinnamon are exported to Celebes and elsewhere . The inhabitants of the coast-districts are mainly of
See also:Malay origin . The
See also:aborigines, who occupy the interior, are of Papuan stock . They are tall and well-built, with dark or black skins . The hair is frizzly . They are pure savages; their only religion is a kind of nature-worship . They consider the
See also:holy and inviolable; thus in severe droughts they only dig the
See also:river-beds for
See also:water as a last resource .
See also:Portugal claimed certain portions of the island until 1859 .
FLORENCE OF WORCESTER (d. 1 x18)
ENRIQUE FLOREZ (1701-1773)
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