Interesting Facts About Portuguese Rule in India
Portuguese came to India even before the Mughals. Vasco da Gama landed at Calicut on 21st May 1498 and Mughals came after 1526.
Tobacco was first brought to India by Portuguese merchants 400 years ago.
In AD 1661, the king of Portugal gave Bombay to Charles II of England as dowry when Charles II married Catherine Braganza
The first printing press in India was set up by the Portuguese at Goa in AD 1556
Vasco da Gama visited India three times and was buried at Fort Kochi.
Even after Independence, the Portuguese refused to leave goa. Then in 1961, the Indian army invaded the state.
After 36 hours of air, sea, and land strikes by the army, they signed the “instrument of surrender”, handing over Goan territory to India.