Dear FN and All,
Congratulations on being associated in bringing out this book on
Medieval Goa by Teotonia R de Souza.
I read the first sentence you have quoted from the book about
challenging the myth of Golden Goa.
I suppose the period being referred to is 1556 ? which you say was the
period --- "After a first century of nearly undisputed mastery over
the western Indian ocean, and after a sufficiently long spell of
prosperity, misfortunes began falling thick and fast upon the
An attempt to get closer to the common man's reality in Goa, whether
in his rural or urban setting. This book has replaced the myth of a
'Golden Goa' with the reality of socio-economic pressures and
opportunities to which the Goan population was awakened by Portuguese
rule. - Frederick Noronha"
I am sure all those with a deep and unrelenting interest in the
history of European colonization as well as in the mercantile history
of the Indian Ocean, during the Dark Ages of Europe, will be excited
by this book, a great addition to contemporary and post OxBridge-ian
studies of the processes of Colonization.