Written by SoudipJuly 31st 2014
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Kota Belanda (Dutch Fort) Historical Facts and Pictures
Built by the Dutch in 1670, Kota Belanda is a ruined fort located on the Pangkor island, Malacca, Malaysia. It was called Fort Dindingh by the Dutch, named after the Dinding river in Malacca.
The Dutch built the fort mainly to take control of trade affairs in the Malay Peninsula area and used it mainly for storing tin supplies. Later, in 1690, the Malays grew discontent with the process used by the Dutch for exploiting local minerals, and destroyed the fort. The Dutch rebuilt it in 1743 and fortified it with 60 soldiers, before dismantling it in 1748.
The Malaysian Museum Department rebuilt the fort in 1973 and today it is a famous tourist attraction of Malaysia. Located near the ocean, the fort is a remnant of three brick walls with round shaped windows decked in it.
Inside the Kota Belanda
Left only with its carvings and stone foundations on a large rock today, this fort was once an important outpost for the Dutch invaders in Malay Peninsula.