Port Cities Of South East Asia: 1400–1800

Leonard Blussé

in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589531
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Port Cities Of South East Asia: 1400–1800

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This article focuses on the major ports of South East Asia such as Melaka (later Portuguese Malacca), Spanish Manila, and Dutch Batavia, which provided from the end of the fifteenth century a crucial pivot for that vibrant commerce in manufactures, processed goods, and raw materials between China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. Complex multicultural communities shaped by power (and increasingly Western colonialism), the ports were vital for the dissemination of religious ideas, representations, and institutions.

Keywords: ports; commerce; international trade; South East Asia; early modern cities

Article.  8859 words. 

Subjects: History ; Asian History

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