December 10, 2019

Dutch descendants of Malacca



Remember Pirates of the Caribbean?

Although the Dutch colony stay longer than the Portuguese in Malacca and many of the building remains are Dutch, there is no specific Dutch Village here like the Portuguese Village at Ujung Pasir. So when the Dutch defeated the Portuguese, they build the Stadhuys Complex, Church and Residential at Hereen Street that still available till today but where are the Dutch Descendants here at Malacca?

Now the Branyo and Farapeira are among Melaka folk dance although the Origin is from Portugal. But I never heard about Dutch culture anywhere here. Well actually the Dutch descendants are exist in this country and they are consider the minority within the minority. They are scattered all over the country and not only centered in Malacca. They maybe the smallest group of Eurasians in Malaysia but the they are descendants of the VOC or Dutch East India Company pioneers who ruled Malacca in 1641 for 16 decades.

To restore and reunite themselves, the Malaysia Dutch Descendants have setup The Malaysian Dutch Descendants Project (MDDP) to reconnect with each other and the lost Dutch heritage. You can visit their official website at dutchmalaysia.net.One of the the Malaysia Dutch descendant Dennis DeWitt have already trace his family tree since 1677 and can tract them for 11 generations. That is more than 300 years of family line. Read his family project here.

asmaliana

Hi, I'am Asmaliana, I work at Tourism Melaka. I love my state, Melaka, the world heritage city by UNESCO. Don't Mess With Melaka.

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