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Another Portuguese force was sent out in 1512 to dislodge the prince and he finally fled to Bintan, an island in the straits south of Singapore. 99 Except for the death of the sultan, Castanheda's story jibes well with what modem scholars are able to learn from other sources. IOO From their retreat on Bintan, the followers of the sultan preyed upon Portuguese and other ships participating in the Malacca trade. Castanheda reports that the defiant Malays were again on the peninsula in ISIS or 1519 and operating in the valley of the Muar River.

7. Probably from the Malay ttIItnIgung. a term which is DOW used to designate a military rank. See i"Id•• p. 41S. D. I. and p. 437. D. 3. 7S S~. a Persian term used genenaIly in maritime Asia which liteIa1ly meaDJ "king of the porto" See ibid,. p. p8. 0. I. ). "1'. cit. (0. 39). n. 383; for confirmation by recent scholanhip ICC: I. A. Macgregor. loco cit. (D. 34). pp. 33-34. 75 See. for example. the excellent summary in L A. Macgregor. loco cit. (0. 34). pp. 7. [5 12 ] Malaya Empoli (1511), Barbosa (ca.

L. ). op. cit. (n. 2S). I. lOS. ), op. cit. (n. S), p. ), Historia do tlescobrimento e conquista da India pelos Portugueses (Coimbra. 1924). I. 458. For a description of Malacca based on all available sources (not only those printed in Europe during the sixteenth century) see Wheatley, op. cit. (n. 26), pp. 3II-I2. ), op. cit. (n. 39), II, 173-74. 80 Malacca was clearly a hardship post for officials of the Portuguese crOWD. For additional comment see Macgregor, 1oc. cit. (n. 24). pp. 6-8. Some of the Jesuits went to Malacca to recover from asthma, but others complain about the inland winds which make everyone ill with the fever.

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