Fredrick Hendrick Bastion Archaeological Excavation Site
After the fall of Melaka, Portuguese built a fort to deter enemy threats at the time. The fort built by the Portuguese from laterite stone was sourced from the surrounding areas. The fort was built circular to the city and had 8 bastions, built in each corner of the city as well as strategic locations at the walls to monitor incoming enemy forces.
The Fredrick Hendrick bastion is one of six full functioning bastions at the time. The Dutch later fortified and built a sturdier bastion when the defeated the Portuguese in 1641. The Dutch still received threats from the local community who tried to wrestle back Melaka. Additions to the fort walls were also carried out, especially near the river mouth of Melaka River, site of trade and stop-overs of ships from around the world.