[Geneva: Pellet, c.1780.]
Engraving with large margins. 280 x 215mm (11 x 8½").
Alfonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515), a Portuguese adventurer, built a fortress in Hormuz in 1509, dominating the entrance of the Persian Gulf. An insurrection by his lieutenants weakened him, but when the Persians demanded tribute from the Portuguese, Albuquerque showed him some guns and cannon balls and said 'Here is the tribute the king of Portugal will pay'. A plate from the Abbé Raynal's 'Histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens des Européens dans les deux Indes', a study of colonialism heavily influenced by the Englightenment, banned in his native France in 1779.
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