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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

HJ LODOVICO DI VARTHEMA - BOLOGNA-NUSANTARA CONNECTION

Marco Polo perhaps established the earliest Venice-Nusantara connection. He provides the evidence that Muslims were  already in Perlak, Sumatra before 1292. Refer to my Sept. 21 posting.

It is little known that another Italian traveller of Bologna, Hj. Lodovico di Verthema sailed to Malacca around 1506 during  the reign of Mahmud Shah (1488-1511), the sixth and last sultan of Melaka. Hang Tuah  would have ushered him to the istana!



Varthema's narrative, 'Itinerario de Ludovico de Varthema Bolognese ...', was first published in Italian at Rome in 1510. An English edition 'The Travels of Ludovico di Varthema ... ' (JW Jones and GP Badger, eds) was published by Hakluyt Society, 1863.

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