Cornelis Matelieff, please accept my thanks for hosting my brother, my 300 men and me on board the Oranje
. I also appreciate how you warmly welcomed the Shabandar of Singapore
Shabandar means Lord of the Harbour in Persian, and is sometimes translated as Harbour Master. However, this modern translation does not do the title justice. Shabandars were often foreigners deemed trustworthy by local rulers. They were tasked with supervising the collection of custom duties, warehousing imports and managing the ruler’s investments. The Shabandars mediated disputes between foreigners and locals. Because of the presence of the Shabandar in Singapore, it became known as Shabandaria.
, Seri Raja Negara, whom you met days earlier, and allowed him to view your fleet. Regarding this treaty
The Dutch proposed that if Johor helped take Melaka from the Portuguese, they would share the reward. The Dutch would obtain the city for trading, storing goods and Dutch settlements, while the Sultanate would get lands controlled by the Portuguese and artillery found at A Famosa, the Portuguese fortress in Melaka. Both would have to stop dealing with the Portuguese and the Spanish, their mutual enemies. If any party went to war with other countries, the other would not be obliged to help, unless it was to defend itself. Raja Bongsu was unsure but Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge said it was the price to pay for Dutch help.
we are discussing, I’m not convinced the Johor Sultanate should work with the Dutch to take Melaka for the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie. You have asked for the city to conduct trade, store goods and have Dutch settlers occupy the land. The Sultan, on the other hand, was to have all of the country outside the city. But if the Sultanate cannot have the city, why should I help you take it from the hands of the Portuguese?