Alfonso de Albuquerque.
[German.] [n.d. c.1810.]
Stipple with large margins. Plate 120 x 82mm (4¾ x 3¼").
Alfonso de Albuquerque (c.1453-1515) the Portuguese general, 'great conqueror', statesman and a leading empire builder. He advanced the Portuguese grand scheme of combatting Islam, spreading Christianity and securing the trade of spices and the establishment of a vast Portuguese Asian empire. He was the first European to enter the Persian Gulf and led the first voyage by a European fleet into the Red Sea. He led the conquest of Goa in 1510 and the capture of Malacca in 1511. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia)) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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