Legacy of the Dutch, Portuguese and English

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Ecletic style where the roof shape borrowed from Sumatra and the minaret lookslike a pagoda tower.
The history of Malaysia goes back to the 14th century where Malacca(known as Historical State) was founded by Parameswara, a Srivijayan prince of Palembang who fled Sumatra following a Majapahit attack in. He found his way to Malacca in 1400 where he found a good port accessible in all seasons and on the strategically located narrowest point of the Malacca Straits. Strategically located, Malacca was important stopping point between Arab merchants/traders and China.

A cultural result of the vibrant trade was the expansion of the Peranakan people, who spread to other major settlements in the region. Peranakan or Baba-Nyonya is terms used for the descendants of late 15th and 16th century Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region during the Colonial era.
Christ Church at the background. The most historic spot of Malacca and Malaysia generally.The artefact of western colonization
During its prime, Malacca was a powerful Sultanate which extended its rule over the southern Malay Peninsula and much of Sumatra.

European colonization started by The Portuguese set sail from Goa to Malacca with a force of some 1200 men and ships conquered the city in 1511. It became a strategic base for Portuguese expansion in the East Indies. In 1641 the Dutch defeated the Portuguese to capture Malacca and ruled it till 1795.

Malacca was ceded to the British in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 in exchange for Bencoolen on Sumatra. From 1826 to 1946 Malacca was governed, first by the British East India Company and then as a Crown Colony. It formed part of the Straits Settlements, together with Singapore and Penang. After the dissolution of this crown colony, Malacca and Penang became part of the Malayan Union, which later became Malaysia.

Malacca has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.




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Ecletic style where the roof shape…
Ecletic style where the roof shap…
Christ Church at the background. T…
Christ Church at the background. …
Tan Beng Swee Clocktower
Tan Beng Swee Clocktower
Painted the town red! Christ Churc…
Painted the town red! Christ Chur…
Masjid Kampung Hulu. The identical…
Masjid Kampung Hulu. The identica…
Masjid Kampung Hulu. The identical…
Masjid Kampung Hulu. The identica…
Masjid Kampung Hulu. The identical…
Masjid Kampung Hulu. The identica…
Christ Church
Christ Church
Ruins of Fort A Famosa
Ruins of Fort A Famosa
Malacca town - UNESCO World Herita…
Malacca town - UNESCO World Herit…
Statue of St. Francis Xavier
Statue of St. Francis Xavier
Stadhuys
Stadhuys
Colorful rickwhaw
Colorful rickwhaw
Stadhuys
Stadhuys
Maritime Museum, replica of the Fr…
Maritime Museum, replica of the F…
Ruins of Fort A Famosa
Ruins of Fort A Famosa
Red painted town
Red painted town
Rickshaw
Rickshaw
Dutch graveyard
Dutch graveyard
Taming Sari Tower
Taming Sari Tower
Historical building
Historical building
An Airplane display
An Airplane display
An Airplane display
An Airplane display
rickshaw
rickshaw
View from St. Johns Fort
View from St. John's Fort
Malacca
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