Over the years, Malacca grew in importance attracting traders from all over the region, with some coming from as far away as Europe and South America. In 1511, the Portuguese attacked the Sultanate and captured Malacca. This saw the end of the Sultanate. Control of the city changed hands further from the Dutch to the British, giving Malacca a rich blend of cultural heritage from both the East and the West.
Malacca was located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, about 147 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur. It covers some 1,658 sq. km., and is divided into three main district, which is Central Malacca, Alor Gajah, and Jasin.
Malacca was officially declared as a in 1989 by its Ruler, Yang Di Pertua Negeri of Malacca (The Governor of Malacca). Malacca's rich history plays an important role in tourism in the state.