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The Portuguese Presence in India: Malabar and Goa

K.S. Mathew (Author) Poulami Aich Mukherjee (Author)

The Portuguese mariners under Vasco da Gama in search of spices landed on the Malabar Coast at the fag end of the fifteenth century. Slowly they established factories, fortresses and other commercial establishments in places allotted to them by the local rulers, while their missionary zeal brought them in contact with people of the Malabar Coast, both non-Christians as well as St. Thomas Christians. The economic, social and cultural legacy of the Portuguese interaction with the Malabar Coast is clearly discernible in the geographic segment now known as Kerala.  Once the Portuguese obtained territorial possessions outside the Malabar Coast, they commenced to establish political control and intro­duced European administrative apparatus in Asia. However, these colonies could not be kept under the Portuguese sway forever. They made attempts to liberate themselves from the colonial authority of the Portu­guese finally leading to their liberation.  During the Portuguese presence in India for over 450 years, innumer­able social transformations took place. This book is an attempt to explore the themes related to economy, trade, commercial ventures, urbanization, socio-cultural interactions as well as the various stages of movements connected with the liberation of Portuguese settlements in India.

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About the author

K.S. Mathew

Dr. K. S. Mathew (born 1939) is currently Professor of History in the Central University of Hyderabad. Earlier he was a Reader in the Department of History, M.S. University of Baroda. After obtaining his Master’s Degree in History, from the Poona University, he did his M. Phil and Ph.D. in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As a Fellow of the International Services of the gulbenkian Fcoundation, Protugal he conducted researches in various archives in Europe for three years. He has contributed research papers to various journals and participated in several national and international seminars and conferences. He has to his credit two books in Malayalam and three in English. He specialized in the history of Indo-Portuguese trade of the sixteenth century.

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Title The Portuguese Presence in India: Malabar and Goa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.03.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390729586
length 562p.
Subjects History