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Portuguese India,

the former Portuguese possessions on the Indian subcontinent. It comprised Dadra and Nagar HaveliDadra and Nagar Haveli
, union territory (2001 provisional pop. 220,451), 188 sq mi (487 sq km), W central India, on the Arabian Sea. Portugal colonized these two inland enclaves in the mid-16th cent. India occupied them in 1954.
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, located inland, and the coastal colonies of GoaGoa
, state (2001 provisional pop. 1,343,998), c.1,430 sq mi (3,700 sq km), W India, on the Malabar coast. A former Portuguese colony and Indian union territory, Goa became a state in 1987. The capital is Panaji (Panjim). The chief products are rice, cashew nuts, and coconuts.
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 and Daman and DiuDaman and Diu
, union territory (2001 provisional pop. 158,059), 50 sq mi (130 sq km), W India, on the Arabian Sea, composed of two former Portuguese colonies seized by India in 1961.
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 (with the capital at Panjim, now Panaji)—all of which were annexed by India in 1961.
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Portuguese India

a former Portuguese overseas province on the W coast of India, consisting of Goa, Daman, and Diu: established between 1505 and 1510; annexed by India in 1961
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The first one, "Religious Life in the Colonial Trenches: The Role of the Pai dos Christaos in Seventeenth Century Portuguese India, c.
For Whiteway the history of Portuguese India was not merely one of administrative failure but it illustrated a concern of even greater urgency to late nineteenth-century imperialists, racial degeneration.
Accordingly, he issued instructions to his officials in Portuguese India confirming the rights that the Jesuits had been granted there and enjoining them to enforce them.
A royal decree dated March 16, 1687 affirms "for reasons of political expediency including the preservation of Portuguese India the decree (of the Viceroy) is approved".
The Frenchman also failed to show proper deference to the small portable alms boxes common in Portuguese India adorned with painted images of the Virgin Mary or Catholic saints.
It is a vital document for examining the history of slavery in Portuguese India and the role of the Father of Christians within the nexus of this institution.
The Kamat family was engaged in revenue administration in Portuguese India in the mid-seventeenth century and put their knowledge of local conditions to good use to accumulate capital which they invested in the business sector.
Shirodkar's analysis outlines the military status of Portuguese India in 1708, a year after D Joao V's succession: it comprised 23 "companies of tercos" and seven companies of "local Brahmans and Chardos".
'The problem of the native clergy in Portuguese India, 1518-1787', HT, 11 (1967), 772-80.
(65) Prior to 1570 in Portuguese India, with more than half a century of Portuguese settlement, admission of a mestico even to a clerical position in government occasioned surprise.
(25) For an extensive discussion on slavery in Goa, see Jeanette Pinto, Slavery in Portuguese India, 1510-1842 (Bombay: Himalaya, 1992).

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