Unfortunately, Flores was not so lucky. Located deep in the eastern side of Indonesia, local tourists rarely receive visits in previous years, making Flores received unfavorable perception. Three of my friends say "Black", "Heat", and "Forest" when I asked, "what's on your mind when hearing the word 'Flores'". Although not entirely wrong, but three of this perception is not entirely true either.
Unlike the two other main islands of East Nusa Tenggara in dry climates, Flores was an extraordinarily fertile. The number of volcanoes to the indicator. The number of volcanoes that Flores might have finished third in Indonesia after Java and Sumatra! Flores land that extends from west to east (or east to west, yes ... the same thing!) Contains a number of volcanoes ranging from Mt Ranakah Lewotobi Mountains in the west to the east. Why is what makes it fertile ground Flores. Outside of these volcanoes there is a high mountain is shrouded in the mist of green like a mountain on the eastern tip of Ile Mandiri, near Mount Mbeliling Larantuka and at the west end, close to Labuan Bajo. Do not forget the National Park to Crater Flores Kelimutu Three Colors in Ende was a very famous, not only throughout Indonesia, but to the whole world! Indeed, the high mountains of mainland Flores on his face, making the island is green, lush, and full of blessings. Combined with the beauty of the sea is blue, truly incomparable charm.
Flores is the uniqueness of other cultures. For the relatively small size of this island, there are five major tribes who inhabit the western part of the start of Manggarai, Ngada, Ende-Lio, Sikka-Krowe Muhang, and Lamaholot. Five major tribes have different cultural customs and different languages. Of the five tribes, while each has a number of sub-ethnic groups such as People and People Nage-Keo Riung, then The People Lio Ende and Ende in mountainous regions, as well as Krowe Muhang in Sikka regency. Significantly, if you are running from east to west on the island of Flores, then you will realize that the change of character of its inhabitants face a Malays Melanesia. Thus, it can be concluded, most characters in the Land of Melanesia Flores is a man who inhabited the peninsula of Flores Lamaholot the east, while the character that most Malays are Manggarai People in the west end of the island. As a side note: the character of Melanesia is the race with population distribution in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Oceania islands in the Pacific Southwest. Meanwhile, the character of the Malay is a race to the distribution of population in the region of western Indonesia, Malay Peninsula, Indochina and Southeast Asia region in general. Physically too, the character of Melanesia is more robust, darker-skinned with a distinctive face, while the brown-skinned Malay character, more slanted eyes and measuring more 'cute'. Hihihihi. Well, as a cross-Flores has been very good, this benchmark is a standard reference. It could be we'll find people in Ruteng Lamaholot or vice versa, the Nage-Keo in Larantuka. It could be right?
Other Flores uniqueness and perhaps the only one in Indonesia is because the island is pretty old colonized by the Portuguese. The duration of the colonial period, making interaction with the colonial population was so intense, including up-mawin affairs and penetrating mating cultures and religions, of course. Yes, that's Portuguese Catholic who was very successful instill a strong Catholic influence to this island to island is very feasible for the island dubbed the only Catholic in Indonesia with the distribution of people up to 90% and above. Evidence of the Portuguese influence is felt to this day is the existence of the churches as the center of town / village along with a Catholic school education in the village or town. Do not forget, a lot of the Seminary, or educational institution of the priests who stood candidates in Flores. Thanks to the influence and interaction of all, the names of many residents who use the name Flores a la Portuguese like Stephen, Martin, Marcellino, and Joseph and of course Mary. Effect of mating-mawin can be seen in a number of people who have the Portuguese character in his face. Did look?