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The Dutch Fort Kota Belanda

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The Dutch Fort Kota Belanda remaining on Pangkor island, architectural echo of the era of the Dutch colonization of Malaysia. In the mid-seventeenth century, it replaced the Portuguese rule. Among the sultanates in the area of special interest of Dutch were Perak, namely, its Pangkor island, a place of tin mining, the main product Malaysian exports. The Dutch East India company imposed on the sultanates of the obligation to sell the tin at competitive prices, let the independent trade by any means. On the coast sultanates built factories and FORTS.

To control the tin trade in the region and was built in 1670 on the island of Angkorwat, Dinding (named after the river). In Malaysia, the Fort is called Kota Belanda. Sultanates with varying degrees of success were fighting with the Dutch monopoly in trade. In the course of this confrontation in 1690 they were able to defeat the Fort but not for long. The Dutch came back with reinforcements, recaptured and restored the Fort. The colonialists left it only in the middle of the XVIII century. Until 1973, the Fort remained abandoned until the government of independent Malaysia declared it a historical monument.

Today the reconstructed Dutch Fort is a three-toothed brick walls with semicircular battlements. These residues are well you can imagine he was in the XVII century. Inside the Fort is accessed via a small wooden staircase. Examine it stands as a fine example of stonework of the Dutch masters. And as the oldest, after the buildings, the Dutch square of Malacca, a monument of architecture of this period.

Is located Fort Kota Belanda in the village of Teluk Gedung, near the ocean, next to him broke a small garden, the road which leads into the jungle. On the island, famous for its clean beaches and calm family holiday, it is almost the only historical landmark.