PIRES, Tomé

PIRES, Tomé. 1468? — 1540? or little earlier. Portuguese Traveller. Came to India in 1511, as apothecary and not very young, obtained soon official position under Albuquerque and went to Malacca. From there he also visited Java. Returned to Goa in 1515 and in 1516 was made ambassador to China.…

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HENRIQUES, Henrique

HENRIQUES, Henrique (-quez, Anrique Anriquez, Aṇṭiṟīkku Aṭikaḷār). Vila Viçosa, Evora 1520 — Punnaikkayal 6.2.1600. S.J. Portuguese Priest and Missionary, in India 1546-1600. Rejected by Franciscans because of his Jewish background he studied Canon Law at Coimbra and in 1545 joined the S.J. In 1546 ordained as a priest and sailed…

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GODINHO DE ERÉDIA, Manuel

GODINHO DE ERÉDIA, Manuel. Malacca 16.7.1563 — 1623. Malay-Portuguese Author and Cartographer. Son of João de Erédia Aquaviva, an officer of Aragonese-Italian background and Dona Elena Vessiva (d. 1575), a noblewoman from Sulawesi. Educated at Jesuit school in Malacca and at Jesuit College in Goa, trained in astronomy, cartography and…

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FERNANDEZ, Gonçalo

FERNANDEZ, Gonçalo. 1541 — 1619/21. Portuguese Jesuit in India. Arrived at India in 1560. In charge of the Mission in Madurai from 1595, he became Roberto De Nobili’s superior, but strongly opposed to the new methods of mission suggested by him. Himself wrote about Hinduism in 1616. He did not…

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BOCARRO, Antonio

BOCARRO, Antonio. Abrante (or Lisbon?) 1594? — Goa 1643?. Portuguese Historian and Geographer. Son of New Christian parents (with Jewish background). In 1615-38 served in India, first as soldier in Goa and Cochin, finally as corretor-mor of customs in Goa, but also official historiographer in 1631-43. Married 1624 Isabel Vieira.…

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BARROS

BARROS, João de. Viseu (?), Portugal 1496? — São Lourenço 20.10.1570. Portuguese Humanist, Civil Servant, and Contemporary Historian of Early Colonial India. Attracted attention of the court with his literary products. In 1522 he was sent to Guinea by João III, then treasurer 1525-28. In charge of Casa da India…

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SÃO MIGUEL, Gaspar de

SÃO MIGUEL, Gaspar de. 1595? — 1647. Born in Portugal. Franciscan priest and missionary in India. Publications: Manuscript works: Arte da lingoa Canarim (lost?); Dictionarium et ars lingua Canarinae; Vocabulario da Lingua Portugues e Canari. – Sintaxis copiosissima na lingoa Bramana e Pollida: a syntax of standard Konkani. 154 p.…

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SANTANA RODRIGUES, António Aleixo de.

SANTANA RODRIGUES, António Aleixo de. Salsete 1887 — Lisbon 1966. Portuguese (probably Goanese) Physician and Author. Made Tagore known in Portugal. Publications: The Indian National Movement. 30 p. Lisbon 1923. – A Índia contemporanea. 6+206 p. Lisbon 1926; a few further works. Sources: http://pedroteixeiradamota.blogspot.fi/2017/05/rabindranath-tagore-e-india.html.

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PEREIRA, António Pinto

PEREIRA, António Pinto. 15?? — 1587. S.J. Portuguese Historian of India. From Mogadour, Bragança. Apparently secretary of an officer in Goa. His work dealing with the contemporary history of Portuguese in India was published only posthumously. Publications: História da Índia no tempo em que a Governou o Visorei Dom Luís…

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SALDANHA, Mariano José

SALDANHA, Mariano Jose Luis de Gonzaga. Ucassaim, Bardez, Goa 21.6.1878 — 1975. Portuguese (Goanese) Indologist. Professor in Lisbon. Educated at Liceu de Nova Goa, Escola Médica de Goa and Escola Colonial in Lisbon, also studying Indology at university under Dalgado. In 1906 returned to India as physician. In 1915-29 Professor…

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