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Malacca: The Gateway to East Asia

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Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum

Chapter 4, Part 2

At the turn of the 16th century, the Portuguese significantly increased their presence around the Indian Ocean by conquering strategic ports in the region. It was Afonso de Albuquerque, by the order of King Manuel I of Portugal, who led naval military campaigns to capture Aden (the gateway to the Red Sea) and Ormuz (the gateway to the Persian Gulf, known as Hormuz today). Albuquerque’s conquest of Goa, however, was never part of the king’s plan although in the decades that followed the Portuguese colony in the Indian subcontinent would prove to be a very important colonial post.

The same king ordered Albuquerque to capture Malacca, a major port strategically located in Mainland Asia separated from Sumatra by the Strait of Malacca – a busy sea route connecting East Asia and the Indian Ocean. Controlling the trade route from India to China…

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You never stop learning, if you never stop travelling!

Travel, it teaches you so much. Some things you learn at the time, while others you learn afterwards upon reflection. They say that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, and I totally agree. :: Travel brings you lifelong friends. Two of my very best friends are ones that I […]

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