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By Glenn J. Ames

Based on huge archival learn in Portugal, India, England, and France, this paintings presents the 1st monographic examine of a very important, but hitherto missed interval within the heritage of Portugal's Asian empire: the years ca. 1640-1683. Ames' revisionist paintings demonstrates that, opposite to the tradition-al view of the inevitable decline and stagnation of the Estado da India after ca. 1640, those have been years of cutting edge and dynamic reform which led to the geo-political and financial stabilization of Portuguese Asia through 1683. The booklet information this basic shift in Crown coverage towards Asia as initiated via Prince Regent Pedro of Braganza (1668-1702) and conducted such a lot successfully by way of Viceroy Luis de MedonHa Furtado e Albuquerque.

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His long careful letters to Lisbon reveal a meticulous eye for detail which elaborated on many of the crucial issues confronting the Crown in its 46 RENASCENT EMPIRE? quest to rehabilitate the Estado. Relations with the Reis Vizinhos and nominal European allies and enemies would have to be reevaluated; the antiquated and easily corruptible administration would have to be reformed; the traditional financial structures of the Estado, including monarchical monopolism and the entire contracto system would have to be reconsidered; effective centralized control would have to be reestablished in the outlying fortresses; and the long-standing privileges of the Roman Catholic Church and the cost of spreading the faith in Asia would have to be reexamined!

And the Brazil fleets in particular. In Article XV, Charles declared that; "In consideration of all which concessions and privileges, contributing so manifestly to the utility and benefit of the King of Great Britain and his subjects in general," that he "promises and declares ... that he will pay the sincerest regard to the interest and welfare and Portugal and of all its dominions, and that he will, with his utmost power, take upon him the defence of it both by land and sea, as if it were England itself".

But the designe is not completely knowne; Some say for Muscat ... others believe to Cong a Port a little above Gombrone belonging to the King of Persia. ,,,, Nunes da Cunha's religiosity, moreover, transcended any mere desire to continue the reconquista against the infidel in the Straits. Antonio de Mello de Castro had decried the power and abuses of the religiosos in harsh terms: "Among the greatest miseries that has existed for many year m this State of India none is of less weight than the multitude of religiosos that there are in it.

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