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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bassein Fort: Photo 4

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The breadth of the wall, truncated for the road, is shown clearly in this picture.

Governor Da Cunha, who had left Lisbon in 1529, was recalled a decade later but died at the Cape of Good Hope. Bitterly, he asked in his will that the king be repaid for the iron chain used to weight Da Cunha's body for its burial at sea. His father, the navigator Tristan da Cunha, appeared at the court of Dom Joao III and offered to pay the amount. Captain Garcia had better luck. The brother-in-law of Da Cunha, he survived another decade to become Governor of India in 1548. He died in Goa a year later and is buried there.

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