Oriental Commerce; Containing a Geographical Description of the Principal Places in the East Indies, China, and Japan, with Their Produce, Manufactures, and Trade

Oriental Commerce; Containing a Geographical Description of the Principal Places in the East Indies, China, and Japan, with Their Produce, Manufactures, and Trade

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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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...immediately erected a strong fort, and put a good garrison into it: in a very short time it became famous all over India and Europe, and from its situation, commanded the trade of the neighbouring countries. The Kings of Acheen made repeated attempts to expel the Portuguese from Malacca, the principal of which were in 1537, in 1567, in 1615, and in 1628; and notwithstanding the resources of the Acheenese were prodigious at those periods, yet the Portuguese were successful in repelling their attacks. In 1605 the Dutch attacked and destroyed a fleet of Portuguese vessels, consisting of 34 sail in the roads, and made an attempt upon the place, but were repulsed. In 1640 the Dutch, knowing the importance of the place, and the vast advantages accruing to the Portuguese from the possession of it, fitted out a large fleet from Batavia with a great body of land forces, and at the same time concluded an alliance with the King of Johore, who invested the place by land, while the Dutch blocked it up by sea. The Governor is accused of treachery, and to have been bribed into a surrender; but it is certain that he did not give the place up till after a gallant defence of six months against a very superior force. The Dutch retained possession of it till the breaking out of the war with Great Britain, to whom it was surrendered on the 17th of August, 1795, since which period the establishment of Pulo Pinang, having superseded the necessity of maintaining it, as it was possessed of no natural advantages, either in point of product, trade, or harbour, the Company came to the resolution in 1805, of withdrawing the garrison and stores from Malacca and its dependencies; and, previous to the abandonment of the place, the fortifications and public works of all...show more

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  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 540g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236585712
  • 9781236585714