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Portuguese Timor

PORTUGUESE TIMOR includes the neighbouring isle of Pulo Kambing, and has an area of about 7450 sq. m. Estimates of the population vary from 300,000 to over half a million. Dilli, on the north coast, the administrative headquarters and chief settlement, is a poor little place of some 3000 inhabitants, containing hardly any Europeans apart from the officials. Macao was administratively united to Portuguese Timor till 1896, and still pays a contribution to the revenue. The estimated revenue for 1901-1902 was 25,196 <7200 from Macao), and in 1905-1906 it was 26,968; the estimated expenditure was 36,532 in the earlier and 43,320 in the later period. Few ships visit the colony, except Dutch vessels trading in the archipelago, which call regularly at Dilli. Exports (principally coffee and wax) are valued at about 55,000 annually, and imports at about the same amount.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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