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Alfonso de Albuquerque

Alfonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515): "A Portuguese fidalgo, or nobleman, a naval general officer whose military and administrative activities conquered and established the Portuguese colonial empire in the Indian ocean. Generally considered as a world conquest military genius by means of his successful strategy, he was created first "Duke of Goa" by king Manuel I of Portugal shortly before his death, being the first Portuguese duke not of the royal family" ...

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  • Churches and Convents of Goa: Captured it twice from the Sultan of Bijapur. First in March 1510 but had to withdraw after 3 months. Recaptured it with Indian allies later in the year -massacred every Muslim man, woman and child. The "Church of Our Lady of the Rosary" was said to have been built in thanks for his victory!
  • Melaka and George Town: Melaka, Aug 24 1511 after a 1 month battle
  • Socotra Archipelago: Captured it (in a joint action with Tristao da Cunha) in 1507

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