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Croatian merchants from Dubrovnik built the church of St Blaise-St Vlaho in Goa in India in the 16th century
By Adam S. Eterovich | Published  07/16/2011 | History , Education | Unrated
The Ragusan colony St Blaise (Saint Vlaho) near Goa in India in the 16th century


The church of St. Blaise - Sv. Vlaho in Goa, India. Photo by Najka Mirković, Dubrovnik.

 
Saint Vlaho in Africa and India

Adam S. Eterovich BracaninAdam S. Eterovich

The book about the Voyage of Pedro Alvares Cabral to Brazil and India,1937, London, Hakluyt Society has South Africa with two place names: Cape of Good Hope and Sao Bras (Saint Vlaho) in 1500-1501.

The Portuguese controlled the spice trade In the East. Nicholas Mirkovich In his study of Ragusa-Portugal and the spice trade with Goa, India, Malacca and Batavia indicates that Ragusa-Dubrovnik and Venice were firmly established in the countries of the Mamelukes at the time when the Portuguese established themselves in India. Mirkovich states:

“During the absence of Venice the largest part of the oriental trade was taken over by Ragusa, which about 1530-1540 had a virtual monopoly of that trade. For a decade or two there existed a sharp competition between Ragusa and Portugal, which was carried on also in Portugal's own East Indian empire. The Ragusan colony Sao Braz (Saint Vlaho) near Goa is one of the strangest and most interesting examples of the economic expansion of that little republic in the period of the commercial revolution.” See Mirkovich, Nicholas. “Ragusa and the Portuguese Spice Trade.” Slavonic and Eastern European Review, London, March 1943.

A Ragusan, Melik Jesa Dubrovcanin, came to India in 1480 and became a Viceroy In Gujarat. He built a palace at Diu.

A Ragusan colony was established on the Malabar Coast in north Goa, India. The Church of Sao Braz-Saint Vlaho was built in 1563. This colony had at one time 12000 residents. The church bell was brought from Dubrovnik.

In the 1540's Jean Alfonce In his voyages states passing SE of Ceylon near two Islands called the Islands of Gold and coming to a bay called Baye de Sainct Blaise ( Saint Vlaho). He further states passing the Golfe de Sainct Blaise NE and SW of Ceylon near the Maldives. 

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Interior of the church of St. Blaise - Sv. Vlaho in Goa, India. Photo by Najka Mirković, Dubrovnik.

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