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Oct. 9, 2022

Episode 8: The Caesar of the East

Episode 8: The Caesar of the East

Afonso de Albuquerque was known as the "Lion of the Seas" and the "Caesar of the East."  He was the architect of the Portuguese empire in India.  As the second Viceroy of the Portuguese State of India, he asserted Portuguese naval supremacy, created a permanent base of operations, and with the capture of Malacca, gained direct access to the spice markets of Indonesia.  It would be the foundation of Portuguese expansion that would reach China and Japan within fifty years. 

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Resources:
Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley
Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415-1580 by Bailey W. Diffie and George D. Winius


Intro Music: Hayden Symphony #39
Outro Music: Vivaldi Concerto for Mandolin and Strings in D