Portuguese outpost, Calicut, 1500s

Portuguese outpost, Calicut, 1500s

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Caption: Portuguese outpost, Calicut, 16th century. Historical artwork of the fort constructed at the Portuguese trading post in Calicut (Kozhikode), India. Calicut was where the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived in 1498, opening the way for European maritime commerce to India and the rest of Asia. This artwork is from 'Lendas da India' (Legends of India) by the Portuguese historian Gaspar Correia (c.1496-1563). This book, one of the earliest works about Portuguese rule in Asia, existed in manuscript form until it was published in the 19th century by the Royal Academy of Sciences of Lisbon.

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