World History 2 21 - 2.2 The Malacca Sultanate

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Identify the factors that led the rise of the Malacca Sultanate
  • Discuss the significance of Malacca as a center of trade
  • Analyze the Portuguese invasion of Malacca and its consequences

Like the Sultanate of Gujarat, the Malacca Sultanate was blessed by its geography. Located on the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the southern part of the Malay Peninsula, it controlled access to the narrow Malaccan Straits, the most direct route between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, a branch of the Pacific Ocean. All trade moving between India, Southeast Asia, and China went through these waters.

This lesson has no exercises.

The content of this course has been taken from the free World History, Volume 2: from 1400 textbook by Openstax