Malacca straddles the Melaka River which feeds into the Straits of Malacca. Originally the town was the capital of the Malacca Sultanate and was the centre of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century after the Malays moved over from Sumatra and was the most prosperous port city of the Malay Archipelago before it fell to the hand of Portuguese. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British as well as development of Straits Chinese Peranakan culture have...
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