Albuquerque was a great conqueror. He conquered and annexed Goa in 1510 and made it the headquarters of the Portuguese Empire in India. He had also built a fort at Cochin with the permission of its ruler. He appointed large number of Portuguese officers for work of administration. While the Muslims were persecuted, the Hindus were welcomed in the various branches of administration. Schools were established for them. The Panchayats of the Hindus were not discarded. Indian soldiers commanded by Hindu officers were welcomed. Albuquerque encouraged the marriages of the Portuguese with Indian women.
Alfonso de Albuquerque was a great man. He can really be called the founder of the Portuguese Empire in India. He had certain traits of character which appealed to the Indians and those were his valour, his strict veracity, his integrity and charitableness. He was not only feared by the people but was also loved. He was not daunted by any failure in his life and never rested till he had achieved the goal of his life. He was a patriot every inch and his reputation for disinterestedness was very high. He was called by his countrymen as Albuquerque, the Great. After his death the great personality was buried in Goa.
Albuquerque was the one who had insisted against all opposition from Portugal on the importance of maintaining Goa as the centre of Portuguese power in the East, as it was a great dockyard in which vessels could be refitted, remanned and revictualled and it was also a great city from where reserves of the troops could always be drawn.
Hence it can be said that Alfonso de Albuquerque was such a Portuguese commander who had a sharp insight and as a result used to take steps which would make Portugal have a strong hold on India.
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