Albuquerque


Albuquerque
(1453-1515)
   On reaching the Malabar coast in 1498, the Portuguese had established their factories (trading stationscum-fortresses) in places like Calicut and Cannore. In 1508, Albuquerque was appointed governor of Portuguese possessions in the East. He conquered Goa in 1510 as a part of the larger scheme to place the Portuguese in a commanding position on the eastern seaboard. Albuquerque subsequently completed this drive by establishing Portuguese naval stations at Malacca (1511) and Hurmuz (1515). He died in 1515. Albuquerque's short term of governorship at Goa (1510-1515) was marred by the brutal treatment of the Muslim component of the local population.

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