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What can be attributed for Malacca’s diversity?

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Part of Malacca's diversity rests with the wide variety of people who inhabitat this Malaysian state. Among the nearly 800,000 inhabitants are native Malays (57%); Chinese (32%); Indians; Kristang, who trace their roots to Portuguese ancestry; Dutch; and Eurasians. Its capital, Malacca Town, was originally a small fishing village, but the area eventually became a major trade route. Portugal ruled the area for more than a hundred years during the 16th and 17th centuries before being the Dutch came to power; Dutch rule lasted for more than 150 years into the late 18th century. Great Britain gained control during the first quarter of the 19th century. Famed for its multi-cultural food, Malacca's past European dcolonization has added a wide influence on this modern Asian state that features hospitals, universities and museums.

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