Portuguese India
Depiction of a Portuguese gentleman in the Moghul Empire
1505 Jan 1 - 1958

Portuguese India

Kochi, Kerala, India

The State of India, also referred as the Portuguese State of India or simply Portuguese India, was a state of the Portuguese Empire founded six years after the discovery of a sea route to the Indian subcontinent by Vasco da Gama, a subject of the Kingdom of Portugal. The capital of Portuguese India served as the governing centre of a string of military forts and trade posts scattered all over the Indian Ocean.