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Tomé Pires
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A Portuguese Apothecary

A Portuguese apothecary and writer who recorded keen observations of Singapore and Melaka during the early 16th century.

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Alfonso de Albuquerque
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Afonso de Albuquerque

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Captain-Major and Governor of the East Indies who led the invasion of Melaka in 1511.

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1512
Thank you for accepting my job offer. There have been irregularities on the part of some of the men I appointed as wardens of the prizes of war — quadrilheiros — in Melaka. You seem to be a diligent man, so I believe your appointment will serve us well.

Pires' Account of the Portuguese Occupation

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Occupied as I am with duties which brought me to places like India and Melaka, I wished that I had some spare time in which I could write something true, so I decided to undertake the Suma Oriental.

I have included within my account of the Portuguese…
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Lies, lies, lies! The real saga is recorded in the Sejarah Melayu. First, Afonso came with 43 ships, not 15! The Portuguese did not come in peace at all, blasting heavy gunfire from their ships and threatening to land the next day.

Did Hang Tuah Return to Singapore after 1511?

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I would like to share this illuminating post.

Did Hang Tuah Return to Singapore after 1511?

A British Biographer
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Now 80 years of age, the Laksamana is a good soldier with a reputation as great as his knowledge. He had offered to serve the Portuguese crown, but was sadly dissuaded by the head of the Melaka Javanese community, Utimutiraja. The last I heard, he returned to Singapore, where he…
A Portuguese Traveller
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This sounds like the legendary Hang Tuah
Hang Tuah was a cultural hero renowned throughout Southeast Asia, as well as a Laksamana in Melaka with Singapore under his control. The Commentaries of the Great Afonso D’Alboquerque written around 1511 contains a description of a 80-year-old Laksamana in Melaka, which led the historian John Miksic to speculate that this Laksamana might possibly be Hang Tuah.
. Can this be him?

Who is Parameswara?

Tomé Pires
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Today, the Javanese told me about Parameswara
Parameswara means the bravest man in the Palembang Javanese tongue. He briefly ruled Singapura, where his people mainly planted rice, fished and plundered for a living, while trade was non-existent. After fleeing Singapura, he was said to later found Melaka. While the Malay Annals made no mention of Parameswara, it has been suggested that Parameswara and Iskandar Shah might have been names used by the same person.
, the last king of Singapura and the first king of Melaka. I will include this tale in my book Suma Oriental.
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No, according to the Malay Annals, the last Sultan was not Parameswara, but Iskandar Shah! Iskandar Shah was the legitimate successor in an unbroken line of Sultans who ruled Singapura, not a usurper!
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