|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.