Portuguese conquest of Goa
|Capture of Goa|
|Part of Ottoman–Portuguese conflicts|
Map of Goa, in Histoire générale des Voyages, de la Harpe, 1750.
|Commanders and leaders|
Afonso de Albuquerque|
Yusuf Adil Shah|
Ismail Adil Shah
|Casualties and losses|
Civilian casualties unknown
The Portuguese conquest of Goa occurred in 1510 on behalf of the Portuguese admiral D. Afonso de Albuquerque. Goa (also Old Goa or Velha Goa) was not among the cities Albuquerque had received orders to conquer: he had only been ordered by the Portuguese king to capture Hormuz, Aden and Malacca.
Albuquerque attacked Goa at the invitation of a local chieftain Thimayya, an exiled Hindu from Goa who was admiral of the Honavar fleet who had received appeals from the Hindu population of Goa to relieve them from Muslim rule. Goa was a great and prosperous trading port on the Indian coast.
Albuquerque sailed from Cannanore (capital of Kolathunad) and returned three months later, on November 24, with a stronger fleet, composed of 34 ships, 1500 Portuguese and 300 Malabarese. He again joined forces with Thimayya in Honavar. He was fearing an alliance of Goa with Gujarat, Zamorin's Calicut and the Mamluk Egyptians.
Albuquerque was then able to capture Goa in less than a day, from Ismail Adil Shah and his Ottoman allies, who surrendered on 10 December. "As soon as the Portuguese were in entire possession of Goa, Albuquerque directed that the Muhammadan population, men, women and children, should be put to the sword. This cruel butchery is far more to Albuquerque's discredit than the hanging of Ruy Dias, for which the poet Camoens so strongly condemns him."
Thereafter, Goa then supplanted Calicut in prosperity.
Albuquerque had captured Goa without royal orders, and was opposed by his captains in doing so. The king challenged the Portuguese establishment at Goa, but the council of the fidalgos finally confirmed the possession, to the displeasure of the king. The city of Goa nevertheless constituted a strong position that reinforced the strategic presence of the Portuguese in India.
The Portuguese did continue to have misgivings about their possessions in India, as they discussed in 1542 and 1570 whether they should abandon the Estado da Índia in order to better concentrate on the conquest of Morocco.
- Conversions and citizenry: Goa under Portugal, 1510-1610 Délio de Mendonça p.82ff
- Asia in the making of Europe by Donald Frederick Lach p.391
- History of the Portuguese navigation in India, 1497-1600 by K. M. Mathew p.191
- A history of the two Indies by Raynal p.6
- Stephens, Morse. Rulers of India: Albuquerque. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1892. Retrieved from http://www.heritage-history.com/?c=read&author=stephens&book=albuquerque&story=goa