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The Defensive Role of the Navy

Richard J. Garrett

in The Defences of Macau

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099937
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099937.003.0008
The Defensive Role of the Navy

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This chapter examines the role of the Portuguese navy in the defense of Macau. It was recognized that during the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries one of the strengths of the Portuguese was their ships, and when anchored at Macau these ships provided excellent protection against any attack from the sea. After the forts were built the navy played a lesser role in defense but they were continued to be utilized against pirates.

Keywords: Portuguese navy; military defense; Macau; ships; forts

Chapter.  5844 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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