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The History of Timor-Leste (East Timor)

The following is a timeline of the history of Timor-Leste (East Timor).   1600s – Portuguese invade Timor, set up trading post and use island as source of sandalwood. 1749 – Timor split following battle between Portuguese and Dutch. Portuguese take the eastern half. 1942 – Japanese invade, fighting battles with Australian troops. Up to...