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By C. R. Boxer

First released in 1930. 'The Broadway travelers consolidates its already excessive popularity through issuing this volume...' SpectatorThis is the 1st translation of the Commentarios when you consider that unique e-book in 1647. Copies of the unique are very infrequent but the paintings covers an traditionally major interval, describing the operations top as much as the trap from the Portuguese of Ormuz, within the Persian Gulf, via an Anglo-Persian strength. Of significance within the historical past of the increase of the Indian Empire, this is often the 1st revealed account of the Portuguese model of the affair.The appendices comprise many formerly unpublished Portuguese records, an important of that's the whole magazine of Edward Monnox, who used to be current during the operations.

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Translation is a thankless task at all times, and in this case it was not helped by the flowing and watery favoured by the Portuguese writer, whose tion moreover was capricious in the extreme. Nor were his shortcomings helped by the carelessness of the proof reader and the negligence of the printer, but I that those who are able to compare this translation with the original will not find it altogether wanting. not doubting that the work would have been better done by the hand of so accomplished a Portuguese scholar as Professor , yet I that the amount of material I have from printed and manuscript sources, will render this book a useful contribution to the long and glorious of both England and Portugal in Asia.

Furthermore, so long as the Portuguese held the command of the sea in the Gulf (as in despite of their defeats off Jask they did), they could always land and obtain water under the of their ships and fleets wherever and whenever they wished; once their command of the sea was , it would be of little use to have a fort dominating the wells at Kishm when they could not transport the water to Ormuz . All these considerations and many others equally valid were pointed out to Ruy Freire by the aged Fernão de Albuquerque, then Governor of India, and by Dom Luiz de Sousa, the veteran Captain of Ormuz ;1 but the hot-headed Ruy Freire, by producing the Royal orders to build the fort on Kishm, overruled these in the Council held at Ormuz to discuss the affair, and supported by the King of Ormuz he persuaded the council to undertake the Expedition.

Ormuz is a and waterless island and dependent for its water-supply on the neighbouring and islands, so at sight the plan seems to be a one, but in reality it was an unfortunate move, as Kishm was claimed by the Persians and the of a fortress there would naturally form a valid causus belli for the Shah, and involve an open rupture with Persia—a thing which was not at all desirable at that time, since the Dutch and English aggressions gave the Portuguese authorities at Goa sufficient trouble and anxiety, without their having another dangerous enemy on their hands.

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