Prequel to the Siege of Anjalakotta
The Anjalakotta or the St Angelo’s Fort has stood the test of time. It has seen time, nature, history and men impending, pausing and parting at Kolathunad. It is the first European fort in India, built in 1502 by the first Portuguese traders in India.
As the story goes, Vasco Da Gama reached Kozhikode in 1498, but could not negotiate a favorable trade terms with the Samoothiri, majorly due the backroom antics and tactics of the king’s advisors and traders who feared loss of business with the coming of the Portuguese. They presented him as an ordinary pirate instead of a royal ambassador.
Gama packed his bags and was to return empty handed, and the loads Continue reading “The merchant of death”