The Straits of Hormuz Fleets: Omani-Portuguese Naval Rivalry and Encounters, c.1660-1680

By Glenn J. Ames, published November 1997


Portuguese trade with Asia was outperformed by the Dutch during the seventeenth century but there was a localised resurgence in the Arabian Sea and in East Africa during the later part of the period. The main opposition to the Portuguese, whose strength centred on Goa, came from a powerful Omani Arab state. Conflict continued throughout the period, with neither side winning a complete victory but Portugal preserved its remaining possessions in East Africa and Asia.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Navies

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