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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bassein Fort: Photo 3

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The top of the wall showing, in the distance, one of eleven bastions. A stone (now missing) dates the bastion: "During the reign of the most high and the most mighty King D. Joao of Portugal, the third of this name, and governing India the Viceroy D. Alonso de Noronha, son of the Marquis of Villa Real, Francisco de Sa being Captain of this Fort and City of Bassein, this bastion, named S. Sebastiao, was built, on the 22nd of February, of the year 1554." In The Lusiads, written in the 1550s, we read (II, 46, in the Landeg White translation) this prophecy for the descendants of Vasco: "You will see, my daughter, castles,/ Cities, ramparts all built at their hands;/ Even the tough, formidable Turks/ You will see consistently routed;/ The independent kings of India/ Will be subject to the king of Portugal,/ Bringing, when all falls under his command,/ A better dispensation to that land."

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