Timor-Leste: History

  1. 1600s

    The Portuguese invade Timor and use the island as a trading post.

  2. 1974

    Following a revolution in Portugal, the Portuguese government begins a rapid decolonization process in most of its overseas territories, including East Timor.

  3. 1975

    At the end of a short civil war, East Timor declares independence. A month later, Indonesia invades and takes control of Timor.

  4. 1999

    International donors agree to provide $520 million to help rebuild East Timor.

  5. 2001

    Timor-Leste and Australia sign a memorandum of understanding which states that Timor-Leste will receive 90% of future revenues from oil and gas fields under the Timor Sea.

  6. 2002

    Timor-Leste gains its independence from Indonesia.

  7. 2002

    Timor-Leste becomes a member of the United Nations.

  8. 2005

    Indonesia and Timor-Leste sign a landmark border agreement during a visit to Timor-Leste by Indonesia's president.

  9. 2011

    Timor-Leste applies to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


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