Why was the advent of the Portuguese in India a matter of great historical significance?
Portuguese seized Indian territories on the coast and waged constant war to expand their trade and dominions and safeguard their trade monopoly from their European rivals. … They did not have to face the fight of the Mughal Empire as South India was outside Mughal influence.
How did Portuguese come to India?
Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama becomes the first European to reach India via the Atlantic Ocean when he arrives at Calicut on the Malabar Coast. Da Gama sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, in July 1497, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and anchored at Malindi on the east coast of Africa.
What things did Portuguese take back to Europe?
Calico: When the Portuguese first came to India in search of spices, they landed in Calicut on the Kerala coast in South-West India. The cotton textiles which they took back to Europe, along with the spices, came to be called “Calico” which was derived from Calicut.
Are Portuguese Latino or Hispanic?
Presently, the US Census Bureau excludes both the Portuguese and Brazilians under its Hispanic ethnic category (Garcia).
Which is older Spanish or Portuguese?
Starting with Marcelo Serrado’s answer, Portugal is certainly older than Spain. In terms of its borders is certainly older than Spain and one of the oldest in Europe.
Why does Portuguese sound so weird?
As Portugal is isolated geographically from the Mediterranean it makes sense that linguistic memetic flow continued more readily among the other proto-Romance speaking countries during the Renaissance, leaving Portuguese to evolve more-or-less on its own. Thus, it sounds different from the other Romance languages.