Melaka has transformed from a little village to an entrepot to an abandoned outpost and recently seen a resurgence as a tourist jaunt. Melaka and George Town, Penang were named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites based on their history trails of trade dating back 500years..
Melaka or Malacca as known in historical books was the main marine entrepot of south east asia throughout the 14th & early 15th century. Trading in the waters were then dominated by the Chinese, Arab, Indians and the Malays. As reputation grew and the founding of spices such as cloves and nutmeg became a priceless commodity in europe, the rise and fall of malacca was sealed.
The lighthouse was first built by the Portuguese in the 15 th Century and later rebuilt by the Dutch. The Battle of Cape Rachado in 1606 was a very important naval engagement between the Portuguese and the Dutch VOC