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Indonesian Spices and Portuguese Expansion to Asia

From Tajo River which empties into Atlantic Ocean Portuguese fleet sailed Atlantic Ocean, passing through Cape Good Hope Africa, towards Straits Malacca.

IPHEDIA.com - Indonesia has always been famous for its spices. It was Alfonso (written by Afonso) de Albuquerque, a figure from Portugal who made Archipelago region known at that time to Europeans and start centuries of colonization by Portuguese along with other European nations, especially Britain and Netherlands.

From Tajo River which empties into Atlantic Ocean the Portuguese fleet sailed Atlantic Ocean, passing through Cape Good Hope Africa, towards Straits of Malacca. From here exploration continued to Maluku Islands in search of spices, commodities that were equivalent to gold at time.

Alfonso de Albuquerque, second Portuguese Governor Estado da India, Portuguese Kingdom in Asia, was main architect Portuguese expansion into Asia. From Goa, he led an expedition directly to Malacca and arrived there in early July 1511 carrying 15 large and small ships and 600 soldiers.

Alfonso and his troops defeated Malacca on August 10, 1511. Since then, Portuguese have controlled spice trade from Asia to Europe. After capturing Malacca, Portuguese expedition led by Antonio de Abreu reached Maluku, spices center.

In honor Portuguese maritime history, Maritime Museum or Portuguese called Museu de Marinha was founded by King Luis on July 22, 1863. In addition to statue in the park, Afonso de Albuquerque's paintings also became museum's collection. Under painting is written: "Governor of India 1509-1515". (as)

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