The Surprisal of Goa’s Bar

By C.R. Boxer, published February 1930


The article describes in detail the successful attempt of Holland to blockade Portuguese forces in Goa in 1639. Previous attempts to block access in or out of the entrepôt were unsuccessful, but the Governor General of Holland, Anthony Van Diemen was adamant on the enterprise, since that would help toward the universal domination of the Eastern seas and trade by the East India Company. The article is based on two accounts published in the 1640s (one from the Portuguese and one from the Dutch) that are reproduced at the end of the essay.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Strategy & Diplomacy

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