Wow did Malacca rise from a humble fishing village to become one of the mightiest empires in the East?
The Portuguese writer Barbarosa wrote. “He who is lord of Malacca has his hand on the throat of Venice.” Anyone who knows the history of Malacca would not disagree. The ups and downs, the rise and fall of this empire were very much dependent on its location. In fact, most of the events in its history can be said to be due to its location. Sometime in the 1390s, a fugitive Javanese prince by the name of Parameswara fled to Malacca. Legend has it that one day he saw a mouse deer, a tiny animal found in South East Asia, fighting with his bigger sized hunting dog. The mouse deer won and the prince thought it was a good omen and called this place Malacca, named after the Malacca tree that … Read More