IIAS Newsletter 47 Spring 2008

Raja Lorenzo II. A Catholic kingdom in the Dutch East Indies

Ruth Barnes

Don Lorenzo Diaz Vieira Godinho of Larantuka, Flores, became Raja on 14 September 1887 and was deposed on 1 July 1904. During his reign he was the hope of the local Jesuit mission and often the despair of colonial civil authorities. In the end, as the Dutch leached power from the rajas, Lorenzo’s reign marked the end of any pretence of independent power.

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