Melaka.TV :: The Melakan Portuguese (Portuguese Malacca)
This program showcases the history of the origin of Melakan Portuguese, their contribution to local cultures and how they preserve their heritage in Melaka. The Melakan Portuguese is the smallest communist or ethnic group in Malaysia with about 20,000 population, mainly concentrating in the Portuguese village. The Christmas eve countdown party held in the Portugeuse Square nearby the Kampung Pasir Ujong is an annual celebrating event, a magnet for local and foreign tourists.
The beginning of Melaka empire was started by a Hindu Prince, Parameswara in 1401. A mouse deer defeated his hunting dogs when he was resting under a tree named Melaka tree. After a 10 day siege, Melaka was falling to the Portuguese armada, led by Alfonso D’ Albuquerque.
Following the defeat of Malacca in 15 August 1511 in the Capture of Malacca (1511), Afonso de Albuquerque sought to erect a permanent form of fortification in anticipation of the counterattacks by Sultan Mahmud. A fortress was designed and constructed encompassing a hill, lining the edge of the sea shore, on the south east of the river mouth, on the former site of the Sultan’s palace (destroyed during the battle for the city)
The Portuguese ruled the Melaka for over 130 years. The descendants of Portuguese soldiers are today’s Melakan Portuguese.No matching videos