The Indian Archipelago; Its History and Present State Volume 1

The Indian Archipelago; Its History and Present State Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...Driven with disgrace from its walls he renewed the attempt in the following year, in alliance with the Queen of Japara. The air round the city was corrupted by the vast heaps of dead which he left to fester beneath its battlements.3 In the course of another twelve months the 1 Zuniga, Historical View of the Philippines, i. 160.! Marsden, History of Sumatra, 351. martial Javanese princess with a large army and a fleet of forty-five war prahus assaulted Malacca, maintained a siege of three months, and only retired before the desperate valour of the garrison. This triumph of the Portuguese had nearly been their last, leading in, as it did, a greater danger than they had known before. In 1575, the inveterate prince of Achin, unconquered by 1575. defeat, and undismayed by failure, again drained the resources of his kingdom to carry on the contest with a power he hated and feared. The fleet is described as immense covering the whole straits, and three frigates, it is re-armament. lated, were destroyed by the simultaneous assault of this immense armada. The city was defended by no more than 150 men. Driven to the last push of extremity, they were reserving their ammunition for a forlorn struggle. The enemy construed their mysterious silence into the preparation of some portentous device of war. They trembled under the ominous pause. Suddenly Panic in they became infected with a general panic, and after a yatlve siege of seventeen days, broke up their camp at the moment when the Portuguese were about to stake their safety in a last frantic struggle. The Achinese fled with precipitation1, and Malacca was probably saved from utter sack and ruin; for had Mansur Shah, armed with hereditary hatred of his European foe, succeeded in penetrating their defences, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236620453
  • 9781236620453