Today, it is hard to imagine the autonomous city of Aceh in western Sumatra in the 16th century, once Portugal’s most powerful rival in the Indian Ocean, but now mostly known as a remote region, Underdeveloped, victims of the 2004 tsunami. However, in the mid-1500s, this was a trading power benefiting from the seafaring tradition, bringing their Austronesian ancestors to be present in most parts of the region. Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Aceh also had the advantage of accepting Islam in the 13th century, which appealed to Asian merchants who did not want to deal with non-Portuguese Portuguese in Malacca. Phonograph lose your mind find your soul poster. Aceh’s development explained much of Portugal’s difficulty in controlling the Indian Ocean. Asian vessels avoid Malacca and Goa, and can avoid any port held by the greedy and corrupt sultan regime, preferring import and export hubs to create honest business opportunities. for merchants. In the middle of the 16th century, Aceh met that condition perfectly.