These iconic gates of A Famosa are the only remnants of the once extensive fortress. This particular day was largely cooperative; it was largely cloudy for the greater part of the early to late morning, the clouds partially dispersed by the time our travelling party reached this spot.
The history goes that this fortress, so well built, could not be taken by the Dutch who had the support of other nearby provinces. However, they lay in wait for half a year, squeezing off supplies until the population of Malacca [inside the fortress] were reduced to hunger and death. The Dutch repaired the fort after capturing it.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the armies of Napolean had invaded Holland and there was some cooperation between the Dutch and the British. Thus the British found themselves in charge of Malacca without actually firing a single shot. They were concentrating more on Penang and considering Malacca more of a liability, decided to demolish the entire settlement of Malacca.
It was the arrival of Stamford Raffles [who later went on to Singapore] and his plea that stopped the complete destruction of the fort by explosives.
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