Ramaraja Case Study

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Further trouble occurred under the viceroy D. Constantino de Braganca. The trouble occurred in 1559 due to religious intolerance of the Portuguese priests in the nearby San Thome. These priests before rising an alter to offer their sacrifices to Almighty God, destroy the Hindu temple near the village of San Thome. These angered the Brahmins who complained to their king Aravidu Ramaraja to give justice to his subjects. Subsequently, the king besieged San Thome. However, Meersman argued that the occupation of San Thome by Ramaraja was due to his need for money. Since Ramaraja had maintained large troops, it compels him to attack at any given opportunity. The casados were reluctant to come to the aid of San Thome as Ramaraja was the lord of the place. Instead, they went to Ramaraja’s camps with a present worth 4000 cruzados. However, he proved difficult to satisfy …show more content…
The houses of the Portuguese were roughly constructed and did not use of lime and mortar until in 1590s. The native quarter, inhabited by the Hindus, is called Mylapur. An officer (Havaldar) from the king of Vijayanagar was station there. This official looked after the affairs of the Hindus, administered justice and leased out the right to collect port tax. On the Portuguese side, the settlements were known as San Thome. San Thome replaced Mylapur in the Portuguese official records from 1545. The Portuguese had a captain appointed by the king of Portugal. He issued cartazes to the merchants who voyage long distance trade with various ports, especially trade in the South East Asia. While in theory the captains were appointed by the king in practice they materialize from the local Portuguese inhabitants and then were recognised by the king. They sometimes appointed for life but received no salaries. At times, there were no captains at

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