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Afonso de Albuquerque

1453 - 1515

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Afonso de Albuquerque, 1st Duke of Goa (c. 1453 – 16 December 1515), was a Portuguese general, admiral, and statesman. He served as viceroy of Portuguese India from 1509 to 1515, during which he expanded Portuguese influence across the Indian Ocean and built a reputation as a fierce and skilled military commander.Albuquerque advanced the three-fold Portuguese grand scheme of combating Islam, spreading Christianity, and securing the trade of spices by establishing a Portuguese Asian empire. Among his achievements, Albuquerque managed to conquer Goa and was the first European of the Renaissance to raid the Persian Gulf, and he led the first voyage by a European fleet into the Red Sea. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Afonso de Albuquerque has received more than 1,135,462 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Afonso de Albuquerque is the 68th most popular nobleman (down from 66th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from Portugal (down from 18th in 2019) and the most popular Portuguese Nobleman.

Albuquerque was a Portuguese explorer who conquered the city of Malacca in 1511. He also conquered the city of Goa in India in 1510.

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Among noblemen, Afonso de Albuquerque ranks 68 out of 842Before him are Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Fatma Sultan, Herodias, Empress Matilda, and Olga of Kiev. After him are Princess Märtha of Sweden, Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Philip the Bold, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Elisabeth Farnese, and Maria Alexandrovna.

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Among people born in 1453, Afonso de Albuquerque ranks 3Before him are Giuliano de' Medici and Simonetta Vespucci. After him are Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, Clarice Orsini, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Gülbahar Hatun, Andreas Palaiologos, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, Margaret of Foix, and Christoph I, Margrave of Baden-Baden. Among people deceased in 1515, Afonso de Albuquerque ranks 2Before him is Louis XII of France. After him are Meñli I Giray, Aldus Manutius, Alonso de Ojeda, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Bartholomew Columbus, Mariotto Albertinelli, Abraham Zacuto, Barbara of Brandenburg, Pietro Lombardo, and Barbara Zápolya.

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Among people born in Portugal, Afonso de Albuquerque ranks 23 out of 555Before him are Isabella of Portugal (1503), Pope John XXI (1215), Sebastian of Portugal (1554), José Mourinho (1963), John II of Portugal (1455), and António Egas Moniz (1874). After him are John I of Portugal (1358), John III of Portugal (1502), Afonso V of Portugal (1432), Manuel II of Portugal (1889), Amália Rodrigues (1920), and John IV of Portugal (1604).

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