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Portuguese Square

By | 2018-01-19T14:34:13+00:00 27 mai 2012|Categories: Blog|

 

Lingering like the ghosts of the last colo­nial mas­ters but two
          are their des­cen­dants in Portuguese Square.
Lingering like the ghosts of the last colo­nial mas­ters but two
          they’re unsure of what they should do ;
              they don’t even know why they’re there,
except to put a forei­gn pre­sence on view.
Lingering like the ghosts of the last colo­nial mas­ters but two
          are their des­cen­dants in Portuguese Square.

 

Portuguese Square in Melaka (Malacca) is a weird­ly human memen­to to the ori­gi­nal colo­nists of this part of Malaysia. The Portuguese, who sei­zed the port in 1511, were ous­ted by the Dutch in the seven­teenth cen­tu­ry. In turn, the Dutch made way in 1824 for the British to add the colo­ny as the third of the ‘Straits Settlements’. Penang, Singapore and Malacca and the ‘Malay States’ were for­med into the Federation of Malaya from 1895until Independence ('Merdaka') in 1957.