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Islands that Changed the World: Ternate & Tidore — What an Amazing World!

Chapter 4, Part 4 As the Age of Discovery began in the 15th century, Portugal and Castille (Spain) sent a large number of maritime missions to seek direct sea route from Europe to India and the fabled Spice Islands, as well as to discover lands previously unheard to the Europeans. With the Atlantic Ocean at […]

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Malacca: The Gateway to East Asia

What an Amazing World!

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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