8 Historical Truths About Dutch Melaka (Malacca)

Malaysia, Melaka Guide (B): 8 Historical Truths About Dutch Melaka (Malacca)

While A’Famosa Fort in Melaka (Malacca) was the symbol of what was left behind by the Portuguese, the historical structures representing Dutch rule that still stand today in the heart of the city are Stadthuys and Christ Church.

I had wondered as to why the legacies of Dutch rule in Malacca were not as conspicuous compared to Portuguese rule even though the Dutch were in Malacca for 184 years compared to the Portuguese of 130 years.

There were reasons why this was so – firstly, Malacca was already declining as the Portuguese did not successfully maintain the glory and prosperity that the city was renowned for due to restrictive trade policies, competitions and wars. Secondly, the Dutch, namely, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) had already established their economic and administrative centre in Batavia (Jakarta), thus they had no political and economic motivations to develop Malacca at the expense of Batavia. They only viewed Malacca as a potential conquest mainly to protect the Spice Route and to eliminate competitors. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 8 Historical Truths About Dutch Melaka (Malacca)
Guide Location: Malaysia » Melaka
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Christ Church   History and Ethnography Museum   Dutch Square   The Clock Tower Area   St. Paul’s Church   Riverside   Youth Museum   Art Gallery   Queen Victoria Fountain   A’Famosa Fort   Department of Museum   Heeren Street   Jonker Street  
Author: Kathleen Poon
Read it on author's website: https://www.katpegimana.com/destinations/malaysia/historical-truths-about-dutch-melaka/