Kingdom of Sonbai Kecil (Kupang) / Isl. of Timor – Prov. Nusa Tenggara Timur

The kingdom of Sonbai Kecil / Kupang is located on the island of Timor, provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur.

West Timor (Indon. part = yellow)

Location of Timor


* Foto kingdom of Kupang: link
* Foto kingdoms on Timor: link


History of the kingdom

In 1657 the Sonbai ruler was taken prisoner by the Portuguese, and in September of 1658, a sizeable part of the Sonbai population fled to Kupang under the leadership of the executive regent of the Oematan family, Ama Tomananu.
This was the beginning of the split into two realms, Sonbai Kecil (Small) and Sonbai Besar(Big).
An attempt was made in 1776 – 1783 to unite Sonbai Kecil with its sister kingdom Sonbai Besar, which lately left the sphere of Portugal in 1749 and allied with the VOC. The attempt proved futile however, and a new dynastic branch, Nisnoni, rose as rulers of Sonbai Kecil after 1783. They remained in charge until 1917, when the Dutch let Sonbai Kecil merge with four other kingdoms to form the larger zelfbesturend landschap (self-ruling
territory) of Kupang. In the next year 1918 the old ruler of Sonbai Kecil became Raja of Kupang. The family governed until 1955.

Historical facts:

* 1917: Kupang state formed as a federation by the smaller states of Sonbai Kecil, Amabi, Amabi-Oefetto, Kupang-Helong, TaEbenu and Funai.
* 1955: Abolished by Indonesian government.
* 2004: Restored.

Kingdoms on Timor 1900


List of kings

* 1659 – 1672: Ama Tuan, Jr.
* 1672 – 1717: Bi Sonbai (Usi Tetu Utang) (f)
* 1717 – 1726: Bernardus de Leeuw
* 1728 – 1748: Corneo Leeuw
* 1748 – 1760: Daniel Taffy

* 1760 – 1776: Jacobus Albertus Taffy
* 1776 – 1782: Alphonsus Adrianus of Sonbai Besar
* 1782 – 1795: Baki Bena (Bernardus Nisnoni)
* 1795 – 1798: Dirk Hendrik Aulasi
* 1798 – 1821: Nube Bena (Pieter Nisnoni I)

* 1821 – 1828: Isu Baki Sonbai
* 1828 – 1833: Ote Nuben Nisnoni
* 1833 – 1839: Babkas Nube (Pieter Nisnoni II)
* 1839 – 1860: Meis Babkas Nisnoni
* 1860 – 1874: Pieter Messi Nisnoni

* 1875 – 1889: Isu Nisnoni
* 1890 – 1902: Said Meis Nisnoni
* 1905 – 1911: Baki Bastiaan Meis Nisnoni
* 1911 – 1917: Nicolaas Isu Nisnoni

In 1918 the ruler of Sonbai Kecil became king of Kerajaan Kupang.

– Source:  http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Indonesia_princely_states2.html


The Palace: Istana Sonaf Nisnoni


Old maps of Timor

For old maps of Timor 1521, 1550, 1600, 1650, 1733, 1700-an, 1762, 1900: klik here

Timor 1521


Source (only indon, language)

– Sejarah kerajaan Kupang: http://www.royalark.net/Indonesia/kupang.htm
– Genealogi Dinasti Nisnoni: http://www.royalark.net/Indonesia/kupang3.htm
– Daftar raja:  http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Indonesia_princely_states2.html
Leopold Nisnoni, penjaga sejarah kerajaan Kupang: http://new.cintakainnusantara.com/penjaga-sejarah-kerajaan-koepang/
Sejarah Kota Kupang: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=465189110190153&story_fbid=830675563641504