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Portuguese India 552

     The Portuguese acquired several territories from the Sultans of Gujarat: Damão, occupied 1531, formally ceded 1539 and Nagar Aveli in 1779. At the time of India's independence in 1947, Portuguese India included a number of enclaves on India's western coast, including coastal enclave of  Damão, and the enclave of and Nagar Aveli, which lies inland from Damão, among others. The territories of Portuguese India were sometimes referred to collectively as Goa. India annexed the Portugese colonies of Nagar Aveli in 1960, and Damao in 1961.
     The stamp, issued in 1957, shows the colonies of Damão and Nagar Aveli.

SCN 552

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