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The struggle for the Bay : the life and times of Sandwip, an almost unknown Portuguese port in the Bay of Bengal in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
AbstractThis article places Sandwip, a lesser known salt trading island and port in the Bay of Bengal, then within the medieval kingdom of Bengal but now in Bangladesh, within the nexus of global trade and politics in the seventeenth century. It argues that we need to see the ‘minor’ settlements of the Portuguese in Southasia as neither ‘formal’ nor `informal’, instead we need to refocus and study Portuguese expansion as a multi pronged enterprise in which local exigencies and imperial vision were braided.
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