Indonesia is a country that has a variety of cultures and ethnicities. Despite its diverse ethnicity and culture, Indonesia also has many ethnic groups and cultures that are influenced by other nations such as the Portuguese. One area in Indonesia that still has the influence of Portuguese culture is the East Nusa Tenggara Province, especially the island of Flores.
One of the influences of the Portuguese on the island of Flores is the use of family names or clans / fam. Maybe you are still confused about why some indigenous people from the province of East Nusa Tenggara have the same clan or commonly referred to as the same clan as the Portuguese, Spanish or Latin American clans.
In ancient times before Indonesia’s independence, the NTT region had a strong influence on Portuguese culture. NTT people who have a Portuguese fam are only found in the area of Flores Island starting from Sikka Regency (Maumere) to East Flores (Larantuka), Adonara Island, Solor, and Lembata. This is because according to the stories of the residents there, historically the Portuguese came to Flores for the first time in the Larantuka area, some of them married local residents, who were elders or had a big influence in the area. So that the descendants are considered a kind of caste person.
Some of the fams who are considered to be of royal descent are Da Lopez, Da Costa, Pareira. In addition, there are several other fams who are of Portuguese descent as well such as De Rosari, Da Cunha, De Ornay, Diaz, Vieira.
Thus this article is made based on several sources from Indonesian citizens who come from the Province of East Nusa Tenggara who live in various places in Indonesia. Come on, get interesting information and add insight from Indonesiar.com.