Por­tuguese in­flu­ence

Woman's Era - - Short Story -

In the olden days traders came to Malacca from China, In­dia and Ara­bia and contributed to its rapid growth. The pros­per­ity of Malacca was soon no­ticed by the Euro­peans which re­sulted in the in­va­sion of Malacca by the Por­tuguese.

The A’famosa gate stands to­day as a mute tes­ti­mony to the grand fort that was built here by the Por­tuguese in 1511.

It is lit­tle more than a crum­bling ed­i­fice but, in its hey­day, the fort was strong enough to pro­tect the city from other Euro­pean trad­ing com­pa­nies eye­ing the lu­cra­tive Malacca area.

The Je­suit mis­sion­ary Saint Fran­cis Xavier vis­ited Malacca in the 16th cen­tury with the hope of spread­ing Catholi­cism in this re­gion.

A lit­tle known fact is that af­ter he died he was buried at St. Paul’s Hill in Malacca. It was only later that his re­mains were shifted to Goa where they still rest. To­day, one can visit the St Fran­cis Xavier Church which still re­mains a fully func­tional church.

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