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War In The Log Of John Anderson

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This chapter deals with warfare in two sections. The first looks to the origins of the inter-European conflict, while the second section takes note of what Anderson has to say about Dutch-Asiatic military policy to see what, if anything, his journal can add to information already available in the historical domain. Consequently the Portuguese crown trade with Asia became open to attack by the English, Dutch and French, who took advantage of the dynastic union to deliberately conflate the Spanish and Portuguese nations, in order to plunder vessels participating in the carreira. The formation of the VOC led initially to an upsurge in co-operation with the EIC as both companies viewed the Portuguese as the common enemy. The blockade of Goa from 1641 to 1642 in which John Anderson participated was only one small operation in a global war.

Keywords: Asia; Dutch; European conflict; Goa; John Anderson; Portuguese; VOC



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