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    Default Ship sinks off Omani island with all hands

    in 1503. Vasco De Gama's uncle was the captain.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...eck-site#img-1



    • The Esmeralda was captained by an uncle of Portugese explorer Vasco da Gama.
      Photograph: David Mearns/National Geographic Creative
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    Default Re: Ship sinks off Omani island with all hands

    An interesting story that I might have posted in Misc. Boat Related if I were one to eschew the Bilge.

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    Default Re: Ship sinks off Omani island with all hands

    Oops, that's where it was meant to be Ian. I was working 3 screens at the time on two 'puters....

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    Strategically located by the entrance of the Persain Gulf, Oman has a rich and long history, predating the discovery of petroleum in and around the region and the rocketing economic boom that was to follow:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Oman

    The Portuguese were the very first Europeans to set foot in the region, at least a century or so ahead of the rest of the pack, but of the official sort, pirates notwithstanding , consolidating their hold there between 1515 and 1650, at a time when they also held sway over Hormuz, which sits alongside the straits leading to the Persian Gulf.

    They were ousted from Hormuz by the British around the mid 1600´s, but not before setting up ports-of-call all along the Balochistan coast of present day Pakistan, adjoining Eastern Iran , the more important having been named Aguada (watering hole) which over the course of time in Omani parlance became Gwadar and incorporated into the Oman Sultanate (across the pond !), to include the Island of Zanzibar down the Eastern coast of Africa !

    Well Gwadar, a stone´s throw from the Eastern Iran frontier on the Arabain Sea, was still part of the Omani Sultanate till 1958, when the Pakistan Govt. negotiated a financial deal with the Sultanate who then signed away all rights to it.

    Recently, it has been developed as a deep water port - some watering hole ! - in a joint project by the PRC-Pakistan Govt, to include a highway through Pakistan right into Sinkiang Province in Southern China, which should provide considerable momentum to the export/import of goods and services from China to Middle Eastern and African nations (by-passing the South China Sea !)

    Makes you wonder if the Portuguese saw no more besides a 'watering hole' in Aguada, as they also developed the port of 'Mombaim' from scratch, which the Brits some centuries later denominated Bombay and in India today is known as Mumbai (closer to the original Hindi , Mumbai, a Sea Goddess of the Hindus in that region).

    Mind you, their incentive may have been largely dictated by not clashing head-on with the incumbent rulers of the port of Surat to the north, India´s major western port until around the 18 th century, where Arab, Hindustan, Persian and even Turkish maritime interests were well entrenched.

    Maritime history and the developments that were to follow........ fascinating stuff....thanks for bringing this up !

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    BUMP !

    Roger Crowley, a British historian and a NYTimes bestselling author, has written the following book, which should trigger your curiosity:

    Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25255039-conquerors

    For the Youtube interview with a Portuguese journalist:



    There you go !

    For those who do not comprehend spoken-Portuguese, fast-forward to 28 seconds, when Roger begins his delivery in English
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