By Stefan Halikowski Smith
This booklet presents an unique learn of the substantial Portuguese group in Ayutthaya, the executive river-state in Siam, in the course of a interval of obvious decline (1640-1720). Portuguese populations have been displaced from their leader settlements like Melaka and Makassar, and drawn to the river-states of mainland South-East Asia by means of a protecting version of kingship, hopes of overseas alternate and the chance to reap souls. quite a few resources could be used to make clear the fortunes and makeup of this displaced, mixed-race 'tribe', which used to be principally self sufficient of the matrices of Portuguese colonial energy, and fared poorly along different overseas groups during this remarkably open, dynamic surroundings. situations replaced for the higher after the nationwide Revolution of 1688, while Portuguese began to fill some of the jobs at court docket and in trade formerly occupied by way of Frenchmen and northern Europeans.
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55 Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Receuil de plusieurs relations et traitez singuliers et curieux, Paris, 1681, 255. 56 Samuel Robert Miles & Robin Bidwell, The Countries and Tribes of the Persian Gulf, 1919, re-ed. Garnet Publishing (GB), 1994, 190–191, 198–99. 57 Cited in Miles and Bidwell, The Countries and Tribes, 198. 58 As we have seen, fleets of ‘seaworthy ships’ (bequame schepen) were often laid on by the victors to facilitate the defeated Portuguese in their undesired transplantation. Bravery in the defence of Colombo had earned the soldiers the right to transplantion with all their ‘movables’ (roerende goederen) back to Portugal, and the clergy the right to take all their impedimenta, ecclesiastical and private, with them to the mainland.
99 In 1642, the King forbade the entry of all non-Portuguese missionaries into the eastern lands administered under the Padroado. 102 Deportation orders on missionaries 98 The most recent summary of his story is in Pius Malekandathil, The Germans, the Portuguese and India, Münster: Lit. Verlag, 1999, 97–112; see also, Subrahmanyam, An Augsburger in Ásia Portuguesa. 99 Pyrard de Laval, The Voyage of François Pyrard de Laval to the East Indies (. ), vol. II, 1619 (repr. 1887), 279–80. 100 Arquivos Históricos de Goa, Documentos remetidos, Livro 56, fl.
A considerable number died in India. 27 To be able to return one also needed to have set money aside, to have made something of a personal nest egg. 28 Masters and crews even rented their own cabins and hammocks out to passengers at increasingly exorbitant prices. Accompanying slaves were charged as freight and an additional ‘entry card’ (cartaz) was demanded, the fee supposedly passed on to the Crown. The cost of repatriation became such that it was impossible for Luís de Camões to buy his way back to Portugal in the late 1560s: he finally managed the trip in two legs with a lengthy two-year stopover in Mozambique, and it was only thanks to his friends’ generosity that he could finally purchase his return.