The name comes from the Portuguese island of Flores, "Copa de Flores" which means the Tanjung Bunga. This name was officially used since 1636 by the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies Hendrik Brouwer. Flores itself has a real name "Nusa Nipa" which means Island of Snakes.
Flores, of the Portuguese language which means "flower" in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. Flores is included in the cluster along the Lesser Sunda Islands Bali and NTB, with an area of approximately 14,300 km ². Residents in Flores, in 2007, reaching 1.6 million people. The highest peak is Mount Ranakah (2350m) which is the second highest mountain in East Nusa Tenggara, after Gunung Mutis, 2427m in West Timor. Flores island with the island of Timor, Sumba and Alor islands are four large islands in NTT which is one of the island province in Indonesia with 566 islands. Flores, with an area, population and resources both natural and man who was considered quite adequate, is now preparing himself to be an expansion in NTT province. At the west end and east of the island of Flores there are several small islands. To the east there is the cluster of Lembata Island, Adonara and Solor, while to the west there is the cluster of the island of Komodo and Rinca. West of the island of Flores, after a cluster of small islands, there are islands of Sumbawa (NTB), whereas in the east after a cluster of small islands, there are islands of Alor. In the southeast there is the island of Timor. In the southwest there is the island of Sumba, in the south there Savu Sea, north, across the Flores Sea of Sulawesi there.
Flores is an ethnic mix of ethnic Malays, Melanesia, and Portuguese. Due to ever be a colony of Portugal, the interaction with the Portuguese culture is very pronounced in cultures Flores, either through genetics, religion, and culture.