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It appears that both Almeida and Albuquerque were involved. I did know that hidalgos were Spanish, but didn't know the term for the Portuguese equivalents. Thanks and no slight intended. :-)

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Dec 30th, 2011 at 03:59:18 PM EST
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It appears that both Almeida and Albuquerque were involved.

But one of them took a left turn... (couldn't resist)

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 31st, 2011 at 03:53:24 AM EST
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Albuquerque took Hormuz alright (twice), but he didn't participate in the battle of Diu. They became adversaries when the king started disfavoring Almeida's purely naval strategy, and at some point Albuquerque was even held imprisoned by Almeida's men. When finally Albuquerque succeeded Almeida he went one to proceed the strategy of controlling all checkpoints connecting the Indian to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

But it was the battle of Diu that opened the gates to the watershed of globalization. I was a huge display of technological power and a geo-political turn of events with little parallel in history.  


by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Sat Dec 31st, 2011 at 05:57:12 AM EST
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