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Dialog of a Veteran Soldier
Diogo do Couto; Timothy J. Coates, trans.; Timothy J. Coates, intro.; M. N. Pearson, pref.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth



Contents

• List of Maps and Illustrations
• Foreword by M. N. Pearson
• INTRODUCTION: PORTUGUESE ASIA AND DIOGO DO COUTO
• Comments on the Translation
• Glossary of Foreign and Archaic English Terms
• Maps Showing Places Mentioned in the Text
• Viceroys and Governors of Portuguese Asia, 1505–1612
• DIALOG OF A VETERAN SOLDIER
• Letter to the Count of Salinas and Ribadeo
• THE FIRST PART
• Scene 1: The Importance of Secrecy
• Scene 2: How Appointments in Portuguese India Are Managed in Portugal; the Many Irregularities in the Process
• Scene 3: The Worst Enemies of the King’s Treasury Are His Ministers; How the King’s Orders and Standing Instructions Are Not Followed; and Other Subjects
• Scene 4: Regarding the Types of Fraud in India and the Damages They Cause
• Scene 5: The Second Type of Fraud, Which Is Against Men, and the Destruction It Causes
• Scene 6: The Third Type of Fraud, Which Is Against God, and Many Other Wicked Things the Governors Do
• Scene 7: The Fourth Type of Fraud, Which Is Against All, and the Nature of Old Debts
• Scene 8: The Treasury Inspectors; Their Unnecessary Visits to the Northern Forts; and the Irregularities They Commit with the King’s Accounts
• Scene 9: Old Payments for Soldiers; How the King Is Robbed by Them; and How to Avoid Them
• Scene 10: Regarding the Accounts in Goa and Other Subjects
• THE SECOND PART
• Scene 1: Irregularities in Making Appointments
• Scene 2: The Importance of Truth, Valor, and Gold in Retaining Portuguese Asia
• Scene 3: Confusion in Making Appointments
• Scene 4: The Red Sea Fleets; How to Select a Viceroy; the Three Traits of a Good Leader; and the Importance of Clemency
• Scene 5: The Importance of Generosity
• Scene 6: The Importance of Prudent Speech
• THE THIRD PART
• Scene 1: Supplies for Portuguese Asia; Attending to Those Absent; Vice-regal Correspondence and Orders
• Scene 2: Fraudulent Actions of the Viceroys; the Importance of Attending to Little Things; the Cowardice of Soldiers Nowadays; and the Needs of Portuguese Asia
• Scene 3: To Conquer Sri Lanka or Aceh? The Importance of Conquering the Silver Mines of Mutapa
• Scene 4: The Wealth and Riches of Africa versus India
• Appendix: Draft Letter from Matias de Albuquerque
• Further Reading
• Index

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