The Goans

A Summary of the Early History of Goa

 

A Summary of the Early History of Goa (2000 BC - 1500 AD)

 

By: Alfredo Froilano de Mello(click to see biography).

 

In Sumerian Times ~ 2200 BC

The first written reference to Goa appears to have been in cuneiform, in Sumerian times, when King Gudea of Lagash called it Gubio. This was around 2200 BC In fact Goa was shaped geographically and ethnically by many cultures that single it out from other parts of India.

 

Sumerians must have designed the fields of Goa because these follow their measure. Unlike the 0.46 unit generally prevalent in India, it is pointed out that the portioning in Goa agrees with the Sumerian 12 cubits to a pole, and 0.495 of a metre to a cubit.

 

http://www.goacom.com/ancient-goan-history

 

Goa  and  Zanzibar


The Goan presence in Zanzibar is now hundreds of years old . Though always small in numbers the enduring presence of talented Goan merchants, teachers and craftsmen allowed them to leave quite a mark on Zanzibar history and society.

 

A Goan presence in the early exploration of East Africa must also be noted. In 1856 the explorer Richard Burton traveled to Bombay with his second in command Lt John Hanning Speke, in order to obtain leave for Lt. Speke from the Indian Army. There Burton engaged two Goans as traveling assistants. They were Valentine Rodrigues and Gaetano Andrade.

 

Cont: http://www.zanzibarhistory.org/Goa_and_Zanzibar.htm

 

GOANS OF KENYA - By Dr Teresa Albuquerque

 

Review by Valentino Fernandes

Perhaps no other small community has had as much literature devoted to them and their new countries as of East Africa Goans, chronicling their struggles for survival, describing their high achievements, glories and the halcyon times. The process persists but the bulk of the books have rendered the same beyond the reach of most interested readers back in India. Dr (Mrs) Teresa Albuquerque's book Goans of Kenya, published in Mumbai, therefore comes as a breath of fresh air.
The book is more than a new development. Dr Albuquerque is not a journalist-turned-writer but a historian of repute, who was awarded a scholarship by the Heras Institute, Mumbai, of which she is a Fellow, to undertake research on Goans in East Africa. She already has to her credit seven other books, delving into the colonial past of Bombay and Goa, with a fair amount of text devoted to Goans. It is this that whets the Goan reader and academician's appetite for this book.

 

Cont:

http://namaskar-africana.com/dynamics/showentry.php?e=143

 

Mombasa xi

In 1946 Pascoal was transferred to Mombasa. His hard work had merited acknowledgment. He was selected for the post of Provincial Office Superintendent of the Coast Provinces - an appointment demanding considerable responsibility, initiative and organising ability. His duties involved handling financial and personnel matters, thus relieving the Provincial Commissioner of much day-to-day routine. He occupied this post till 1948.

http://www.goacom.com/addons/demello/chapter11.html

ZANZIBAR CHRISTIANS

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Zanzibar Christians

 

1500-1800 The Portuguese.

 

Christianity was first introduced to Zanzibar by the Portuguese. Moving up the from the south after successfully rounding the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 they staged a violent and ultimately unsuccessful bid to lay claim to the harbours, trading routes and resources of almost 2000 miles of African coastline.

 

Goa and Zanzibar


The Goan presence in Zanzibar is now hundreds of years old . Though always small in numbers the enduring presence of talented Goan merchants, teachers and craftsmen allowed them to leave quite a mark on Zanzibar history and society.

http://zanzibarhistory.org/Goa_and_Zanzibar.htm

 

More interesting history on Zanzibar

 

http://zanzibarhistory.org/Countnho_photo_gallery.htm


Goan contribution to the Civil Service

 

by Rosendo P. Abreo

 

I, as a retired officer from the Colonial Government of Kenya after over 30 years of service, look with pride at the part played by Goans in the Kenya Civil Service. The available records show that Goan immigration to British East Africa commenced during construction of the Uganda Railway, between 1897 and 1898, peaking in 1899 and 1900 when the Railway's Headquarters were moved from Mombasa to Nairobi.

 

http://www.britishempire.co.uk/article/goancontributiontocivilservice.htm

 

Author Selma Carvalho.

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'A Railways Runs Through: Goans of British East Africa, 1865 - 1980'
Pages 192. ISBN 978-93-84129-21-7
Now available at Broadways Book Stores in Goa or order directly from the author based in London. The font on this book is suitable for senior readers. For reviews of the book, see:
 


 http://www.britishgoanproject.com/research/
Councillor Rabi Martins releases a 'A Railway Runs Through: Goans of British East Africa: 1865—1980' by author Selma Carvalho.

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From Mtoto to Mzee by Mervyn Maciel

 

"Mervyn Maciel was born in Nairobi and went to school in Goa and Belgaum in the 1940's before returning to Kenya to take up employment with the colonial civil service. Seeking adventure, he applied for a posting in the remote and desolate Northern Frontier District where he acquired a fascination for the African wilderness and its pastoral tribes. He moved to England in 1966 when his post as Executive Officer at an Agriculture Research station was Africanised, and later wrote his first book BWANA KARANI (Mr. Clerk) about his career in the colonial administration. His second book FROM MTOTO TO MZEE (From Child to Old Man) is a story of his life from childhood to the present, his 85th year, replete with over a hundred photographs, that will resonate with anyone who has lived in Goa and East Africa, and will also help others gain an insight into the way of life during a bygone colonial era."

 

http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/supplement/MervynMaciel.html

http://www.britishgoanproject.com/video-live-4/

https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGHP_enGB439GB439&q=%22Mervyn+Maciel%22


British Goan writer Mervyn Marciel shares his incredible story of tragedy tribesmen and settling in Sutton.

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/leisure/leisurenews/11450175.British_Goan_writer_Mervyn_Marciel_shares_his_incredible_story_of_tragedy__tribesmen__and_settling_in_Sutton/?ref=fbsend

 

Bwana Karani

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bwana-Karani-Mervyn-Maciel/dp/0863032613/ref=la_B001KIMBG2_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409998844&sr=1-1

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MATATA BOOKS BY BRAZ MENEZES

 

Braz Menezes won the design for the Uhuru Street Decorations in 1963. 5 years later, he started an architectural-planning consulting firm, which grew and grew... In 1974, Mr Braz Menezes expanded the firm when David Mutiso joined him, and they changed the name to Mutiso, Menezes International. The firm became a permanent institutional contribution to Kenya to this day. In 1977, Braz Menezes moved to join the World Bank in Washington, where he spent another 23 years. Braz Menezes was proud to have made a significant contribution during the first 15 years of Kenya's independence.

 

Matata Books by Braz Menezes is an architect and urban planner, and a Commonwealth Scholar. He studied Creative Writing at George Brown College and attended the mentorship program at Humber College in Toronto.

www.matatabooks.com

Braz Menezes's news paper cuttings of 1960's

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COMMON MEMOIRS OF A GLOBE-TROTTER.

"UNCOMMON MEMORIES AND NOSTALGIA OF A COMMON FACE IN THE CROWD":- Rudolph.A.Furtado

http://commonerrudolphbiography.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/face-in-crowd-interesting-or-boring.html

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Mr. Pio Gama Pinto