Due to its strategic
position in the Straits of Melaka, the city became
the largest harbour in
By the early 1400's, the original Malay inhabitants had Chinese settlers living amongst them. The Chinese that came to the country during this period became known as Babas and Nyonyas or 'Straits Chinese' and over time their customs and lifestyle reflected that of the Malays. Now they are a fully integrated part of Melaka.
Islam became the
states religion in the 1400's and Melaka itself
became the centre of the religion throughout region. The Melaka
sultans ruled the greatest empire in Malaysian history and the Malay language
became the trading language in
By the 1500's the
Portuguese arrived seeking trade in the spice-islands
The rulers of Johor, Negeri Sembilan
In 1641 the Dutch
launched an attack on the city and it passed into their hands. The Dutch built
many fine buildings and churches, which can still be seen today. Like the
Portuguese, the Dutch only ruled the area for about 150 years. In 1795 when the
French occupied the
Melaka, together with
In 1948, Malacca
joined the Federation of Malaya, which gained
Government: state of
the Federation of Malaya (1948),
Area: 1.650 km˛
Population: 318.110 (1960)
Malacca in Wikipedia.
Flag of Malacca in Flags of the World.
printer: Waterlow & Sons,
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1 10 cents Hermes, globe, letter, airplane, boat,
train, text "UNIVERSAL / POSTAL
(cat. Michel 23/SG 18/Yvert 255)
2 15 c hemispheres, airplane, steamer, text "1874 / UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION / 1949"
(cat. Michel 24/SG 19/Yvert 256)
3 25 c Hermes scattering letters over globe, text "UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION / 1874 / 1949"
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4 50 c UPU monument,
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