The Portuguese and the Parsi platoons

The Parsis took up arms for the Portuguese
H. E. Eduljee

Extracts from Parsis and the Portuguese in the 17th century Gujarat by H. E. Eduljee, reprinted with permission, from Journal of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute 1987. The extracts focus on the appeals made to the Portuguese to erect dakhmas closer to the vicinity of their villages and of the military assistance extended to the Portuguese by the Parsis. When the Portuguese reached India in 1498, they found Gujarat was an important link in the trade between Arabia, India and the East Indies. In order to safeguard their trade they established naval bases along the west coast, and in 1534......

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