Caste the financial net

When Portuguese adventurers first arrived in India, drawn by the scent of spices and the lure of money, they set up their trading outpost in Goa.

12th March, 2005

When Portuguese adventurers first arrived in India, drawn by the scent of spices and the lure of money, they set up their trading outpost in Goa.

By the middle of the 16th century, the streets of Lisbon were buzzing with stories of gold, spices, exotic women and ready-made fortunes.

The Orient was where it was at for any ambitious young man. As well as painted ladies, the word “casta'‘ became commonplace to describe the rigid...

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