ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Background Sankar N Maitra THE first thing to remember about the Portuguese African colonies is their antiquity. The navigator Diogo Can landed on the coast of Angola in 1482 when Lodi Sultans were reigning in Delhi, and the great Mogul dynasty had not yet begun. Luanda the capital was founded in 1576 long before the Pilgrim Fathers landed on the New England coast. Vasco Da Gama reached Mozambique in 1498 en route to India. Goa was taken in 1510 by Alfonso de Albuquerque, and soon the long chain of Portuguese trading posts and fortresses stretched all the way from Lisbon to Malacca. This was at The dawn of the expansion of Europe which the Portuguese proudly call seculo maravilloso

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