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Historic Lead Musket Balls From The Capture of Mallaca

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Historic Lead Musket Balls From The Capture of Mallaca
Historic Lead Musket Balls From The Capture of Mallaca 1511 Shipwreck (1) This is a collection of Six. This most interesting collection of antiquarian musket balls were recovered by diver Dorrian Ball, Famous for his discovery and recovery of The Diana Shipwreck Cargo and work on The Nanking Cargo. The musket balls were part of his own private collection, I flew to Singapore to meet him and purchase part of his fascinating collection. The Capture of Malacca in 1511 occurred when the Portuguese admiral subdued the city of Malacca in 1511. The port city of Malacca controlled the narrow strategic strait of Malacca, through which all of the sea-going trade between China and India was concentrated. The capture of Malacca was resulted of a plan by the King of Portugal Manuel I, who in 1505 had resolved to thwart Muslium trade in the Indian Ocean by capturing Aden, thus blocking trade through Alexandria Beirut, and Malacca to control trade with China. Conquest of the city: In 1509, Diogo Lopes de Sequeira was sent to Malacca by the king of Portugal with four ships establish contact with the Sultanate of Malacca. Initially, Diogo was well received by the Sultan Mahmud Syah (1488–1528). Soon however, the Tamil Muslim community convinced Mahmud Syah that the Portuguese should be eliminated. Several men were captured, killed but the ships escaped. Albuquerque first departed from India for Malacca in April 1511, with 1,200 men and 17 to 18 ships. Albuquerque's objective was to sever Islamic trade and Venetian trade on the same occasion A first attack by the Portuguese failed on 25 July 1511. Albuquerque's captains spoke against another attempt, but he struck again, succeeding in the capture of Malacca in August, despite strong resistance on the Malaccan side. In celebration, Tristao da Chunha was sent to Pope Leo X in Rome with rich presents including the elephant that the pope named Hanno. Albuquerque then built a fort to strengthen the Portuguese position, the Fort A Famosa, remains of which are still visible to this very day. He also dispatched some ships to the "Spice islands" Albuquerque returned to Cochin in January 1512. The Portuguese engaged in the massacre of the Muslim inhabitants and also of the Arab community in Malacca. The invasion was specifically intended to break the Arab trade monopoly in spices.

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