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The study of the Portuguese in the East in the eighteenth century may never rise to the prominence associated with the study of more successful colonial operators in the same place and time. While attention has shifted to studying private individuals outside the formal colonial sphere, officials, according to primary documents used in this investigation, continued to keep up a bustling of activities that permitted the Estado to keep its head above water. This book examines certain aspects of the Portuguese Empire in the East in the first half of the eighteenth century, a subject that does not usually receive much attention in Portuguese colonial histories. This book hopes to address certain gaps in the literature of the eighteenth century Portuguese Empire. The literature survey shows that Portuguese and non-Portuguese historians have concentrated either on the glorious period of the empire or on the decline.

Keywords: colonialisation; eighteenth century; Estado; Portuguese Empire



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