HomeBlogs Kupang City The provincial capital of East Nusa Tenggara in western Timor has
proximately 522.944 inhabitants, making it the largest urban center in
the province. It is the center of government, business, trade, and
education. 'The only sandalwood oil factory in Indonesia is located in
this town. The city is located in West Timor, at 10011'S 123035'E, and
has a population of about 450,000.
As the capital of East Nusa
Tenggara, the transport and administrative links from Kupang with
isolated islands are extensive. The location was an important port and
trading point during the Portuguese and Dutch colonial eras. There are
ruins and remnant signs of the colonial presence in the city. The city
was an important landing and refueling place for early long distance
airplane flights between Europe and Australia in the early twentieth
century. It was an important location during the conflict in East Timor,
for the Indonesian military, as well as the militias. The camps around
Kupang were also of significant impact on the city.
the final destination of Captain William Bligh (actually he was a
lieutenant in the British Royal Navy) who was set adrift in an open boat
during the Mutiny on the Bounty.
The Mutiny on the Bounty (1789)
took place about 30 nautical miles (56 km) from Tofua. Lt William Bligh
navigated the overcrowded 23-foot (7 m) open launch on an epic 41-day
voyage first to Tofua and then Kupang City is equipped only with a
sextant and a pocket watch -- no charts or compass. He recorded the
distance as 3,618 nautical miles (6710 km). He passed through the
difficult Torres Strait along the way and landed on June 14. The only
casualty of his voyage was a crewman named James Norton who was stoned
to death by the natives of Tofua, the first island they tried to land
on. First Mate Fletcher Christian who fell in love with a Tahitian
native and eventually settled on Pitcairn Island South East of Tahiti,
had led the Mutiny.