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Vasco Di Gama- Founder of Goa

Posted on: September 4, 2010


Goa is one of those states of India to have a fascinating history. In fact, of all other things the rich history of Goa has made this smallest state of India famous and has interested historians through years. The history of Goa, which is popularly known as the beach capital of India, dates back to 3rd century BC. It was during this time Goa became a part of Mauryan Empire. Colonial rule, glorious culture, oppressive rulers make the rich history of Goa.

Until a century before the arrival of the Portuguese adventure Vasco Di Gama who landed near Kozhikode in Kerala in 1498, Goa had belonged for over a thousand years to the kingdom of Kadamba. In the interim it had been successfully conquered by the Karnatakan Vijayanagars, the Muslim Bahmanis and Yousuf Adil Shah of Bijapur but the capture of the fort at Panaji by Alfonso De Albuquerque in 1510 signaled the start of a Portuguese occupation that was to last for 450 years.

Vasco de Gama and his band of adventurers had setout to find a new route to India, and to break the monopoly that the Turks held in the spice trade. They reached India on 18 May1498.

Vasco de Gamma’s voyage opened the Indian Route, or Cape Route, as it was also known, that is to say regular sailings of fleets between the West and the East. The Indian route allowed an important commercial traffic, the expansion and consolidation of the Portuguese Empire, the dissemination of the Portuguese language, and culture; and the legacy of the values and ideals of Christianity in the Orient and Goa.

The Portuguese actually arrived in Goa in 1510, under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque. They had tried to establish a base further south, but were opposed by the Zamorin of Calicut. They faced stiff competition from the Turks, who controlled the trade routes in the Indian Ocean at that time.

Blessed by its natural harbours and wide rivers, Goa was the ideal base for the seafaring Portuguese, who determined to wrestle control of the spice route from the East.

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