This is actually quite an interesting town. It was a British colony with a fort built in 1719. The fort has been restored and I spent some time looking around it. The colony seemed to ahve all sorts of problems with rebellions by locals and hostilities from the French. Apparently it was on an important trade route between India and south east Asia. There's a monument to Thomas Parr, one of the British governors, but one who was beheaded by locals in 1807. There's a cemetery of colonials who died of malaria. The British swapped Bengkulu for Malacca from the Dutch.