A.D. 1481-1571

A.D. 1481-1571

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...old and weak as I am, I will accept the government of this conquered country at your Highness's hands, if it may be permitted ALBUQUERQUE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GOA. me to confer the lands of the Moors upon the cavaliers and fidalgos who have assisted me to gain them. But do not require of me every year an account of what I am doing as if I were a tax-gatherer, because four ill-mannered fellows, who sit at home like idols in their pagodas, have borne false witness against me; but honour me, and thank me, for I shall be happy to complete this enterprise, and spend what little I have upon it. And, in conclusion, all that I have to say is, that if your Highness, either now or at any other time, surrender Goa to the Turks, then plainly Our Lord desires that the Portuguese dominion in India should come to an end. And, as for me, your Highness may be sure that, so long as I am governor, although I be put to much trouble, I shall not, at any rate, send you painted pictures of fictitious places, but rather kingdoms taken by force of arms from their masters, and fortified by me in such a manner that they may give a good account of themselves in all time. " This is my opinion concerning this question of Goa, which your Highness commanded me to discuss with its captains and officers." After the receipt of this letter, King Dom Manoel replied that he considered it of great importance to retain Goa, and thanked Affonso de Albuquerque very much for the manner in which he had conducted this matter. Albuquerque used often afterwards to say that he deserved more thanks from King Dom Manoel for defending Goa for him against the Portuguese than he did for capturing it on two occasions from the Turks. 26 CHAR IX. AD. 1513. CHAPTER X....show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236918177
  • 9781236918178