Thursday, July 11, 2013

Duarte Barbosa: Traveller to Vijayanagar Kingdom

Duarte Barbosa, a cousin of Magellan, was a Portuguese official in India, who worked as an interpreter of Francisco Albuquerque, the Portuguese governor of Goa in India. He served the Portuguese government in India from 1500 to 1516. During the period he visited the mighty Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar in South India.

He has left a detailed account of the VIjayanagar rulers, economic and social life of the empire which has its capital at Hampi. 

His travel compilation ‘Book of Duarte Barbosa’ was completed in 1516 and is a valuable source of the history of the medieval South India.

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