Excerpt from The Commentaries of the Great Afonso Dalboquerque, Second Viceroy of India, Vol. 3: Translated From the Portuguese Edition of 1774, With Notes and an Introduction
In the sack which ensued, besides the miscellaneous plunder, none of which Afonso Dalboquerque cared... to appropriate, a considerable quantity of artillery, muni tions, and horses were taken, and in accordance with the bloodthirsty laws which appear to have regulated such occasions, not only in India, but in other coun tries claiming to be far more civilised at the period, no quarter was given; none of the hated sect of Maho met were Spared; men, women, and children were mercilessly put to death and as a punishment for the treachery of which the Moors had been guilty when Afonso Dalboquerque took the city for the first time, for four days incessantly the Portuguese and Hin doos poured out the blood of the Moors who were found therein; and it was ascertained that of' men, women, and children the number killed exceeded six thousand.1 On this occasion the Viceroy is stated to have perpetrated a very horrible act of vengeance against the enemy; a mosque was filled with Moors taken captive by the Hindoos and then set on fire; and among the people who thus perished was a de serter who had gone over to the Hidalefio and turned Mahometan when Goa was taken for the first time.
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