O Segundo Cerco de Diu (1546). Estudo de História Política e Militar

This work analyzes the second siege of the Portuguese fortress of Diu, laid by the forces of the Sultanate of Gujarat, commanded by Khwaja Safar, merchant and lord of Surat, between April and November of 1546. This siege, of undeniable importance to the Portuguese "State of India", has defined part of the government of D. João de Castro (1545-1548) and represented the last Gujarati attempt to retake the fortress of Diu, delivered to the Portuguese in 1535. The first goal is to understand the political context of this military operation, presenting the most important moments of the relations between Portugal and the Gujarat Sultanate since the arrival of Vasco da Gama in the Indian Ocean, in 1498, until 1546. In a second moment, we examine the Gujarati forces and the Portuguese defense. Our purpose is to observe the strategies, the recruitments, the organization of men-at-arms, the weapons, techniques and tactics used, as well as the motivations and some life experiences that have defined this siege. This study aims to understand this event in the European and Eastern types of warfare of the sixteenth century, and to contribute to the knowledge of the Portuguese warfare in Asia.

  • Dissertation
  • Roger Lee Pessoa de Jesus
  • Universidade de Coimbra
  • 2012
  • Coimbra
  • Portuguese
  • Dissertação de Mestrado em História, especialidade em Época Moderna. Orientador: Dr. João Marinho dos Santos. 191 p., il., color.
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