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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