Revisiting the Battle of Macau in 1622: A Polyphonic Narrative

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This year marks the quadricentenary of the Battle of Macau, fought
between Portugal and the Dutch VOC over the Portuguese settlement of
Macau. Traces of this significant piece of history can still be seen in the
names of different places in the city. However, what indeed happened
on that destinate day of June 24, 1622 has remained folkloric and
anecdotal, nor is there a comparative study using sources from different
perspectives. Besides, the Dutch failure to capture Macau did not only
allow the Portuguese to realise their precarious holding of Macau in
the Far East, altering their subsequent governance of the city, but also
directly influenced the diplomacy as much as the power struggle among
the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Dutch, the Chinese, and others in the
following years. In order to understand more about this critical battle
over the small port-city of Macau, we need to start from the beginning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-21
Number of pages2
JournalIIAS Newsletter
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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