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The timelines of Cochin and Malacca

Whilst making his way around Cochin, and having previously visited Malacca in Malaysia, Phespirit noted several parallels between the respective histories of these two great trading ports .....

Cochin, India - historical events year year historical events - Malacca, Malaysia
Cochin founded
by a violent flood that created a natural safe port
1341 1396 Malacca founded
by pirates fleeing from Temasik (ancient Singapore)
Royal family transfer to Cochin 1405 1403 Sultanate established in Malacca
First Chinese traders arrive, establishing
a visible presence that endures today
1407 1405 First Chinese traders arrive, establishing
a visible presence that endures today
Portugese arrive - the first Europeans 1500 1509 Portugese arrive - the first Europeans
Portugese take over Cochin 1501 1511 Portugese take over Malacca
Portugese build the first fort - Fort Cochin 1503 1511 Portugese build the first fort - A'Famosa
Portugese build the Church of St. Francis 1503 1521 Portugese build the Church of St. Paul
Portugese Admiral Vasco da Gama
buried in the Church of St. Francis
1524 1553 Spanish Missionary St. Francis Xavier
buried in the Church of St. Paul
Vasco da Gama's body removed and
taken to Goa; it currently rests in the
Jerónimos Monastery, Belém, Lisbon
his original resting place is still marked by a plaque
1538 1553 St. Francis Xavier's body removed and
taken to Goa; it currently rests in the
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
his original resting place is still marked by a plaque
Dutch forces defeat the Portugese
and take possession of Cochin
1663 1641 Dutch forces defeat the Portugese
and take possession of Malacca
The British take possession of Cochin
during the French Revolutionary Wars
1795 1795 The British take possession of Malacca
during the French Revolutionary Wars
Fort Cochin destroyed by the British
only a bastion house remains
1795 1807 Fort A'Famosa destroyed by the British
only Porta de Santiago remains
Britain formally takes over Cochin
as part of the British Madras Presidency
1800 1824 Britain formally takes over Malacca
as part of the Straits Settlements
National independence from Britain 1947 1957 National independence from Britain
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