Pedro Barretto de Resende ~
plans of Portuguese colonies in India were drawn by Pedro Barreto de
Resende in 1635 to illustrate his Relacion de India. Barreto
was the private secretary of Miguel de Noroha, Conde de Linhares, the
viceroy of Portuguese India. The stamps were issued to commemorate the
four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of
now Bassein, is a seaport at the southern end of an island twenty-five
miles north of Bombay. It was occupied by the Portuguese in 1533. It
became a very wealthy city. In 1739 the native Mahrattas captured it
from the Portuguese.
was called Mombiam by the Portuguese. They first entered the harbor in
1509. Twenty-five years later they took possession. In 1655 it was
given to England as a part of Catherine of Portugal's dowry on her
marriage to Charles II. In the plan, west is at the top of the stamp.
the most important of the Portuguese possessions in India. The old
city, marked in the upper right-hand corner of the island by a small
square fortress was founded in 1440. It was captured by the Portuguese
under Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1510. For a time it was an important
city with a population of two hundred thousand. Later it declined
because of an unhealthy location. In 1961 it was occupied by India.