Conquerors: How Portugal Seized the Indian Ocean and Forged the First Global Empire

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As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire. In an astonishing blitz of thirty years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking ambition, attempted to seize the ...

Conquerors: How Portugal Seized the Indian Ocean and Forged the First Global Empire 2015, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571290895

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