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

  • Timor splits following a battle between the Portuguese and Dutch. Portugal controls the eastern region.

  • The Japanese invade and take control of the country during World War II.

     

  • Over 100,000 killed when an earthquake devastates Ashgabat.

     

  • Indonesia invades the country and takes control of the region.

  • East Timor is declared.

     

  • Timor-Leste gains its independence from Indonesia.

  • Timor-Leste becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Portugal grants a $63 million aid package. Also, the production at offshore gas fields, the Bayu Undan project, begin and is expected to earn $100 million a year. 

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

Sources:

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