At the time of time of Sultan Iskandar Muda Meukuta Perkasa Alam, Aceh is a very rich country and prosperous. According to a French explorer who arrived in Aceh in the heyday of the era, the power reaching the west coast of Aceh Minangkabau. Aceh also includes power to Silver. Sultanate of Aceh has a relationship with the kingdoms in the Western world in the 16th century, including the British, the Ottomans, and the Netherlands.
Sultanate of Aceh was involved prolonged power struggle since the early 16th century, first with Portugal, and since the 18th century with the United Kingdom (UK) and the Netherlands. At the end of the 18th century, Aceh was forced to hand over territory in Kedah and Penang Malays in the Peninsula to the United Kingdom.