Saturday, December 17, 2011

On December 17

On this day in ...
... 1961 (50 years ago today), a region on the eastern coast of the South Asian subcontinent, Goa, was annexed by India. (credit for India map detail showing Goa in red) In what was called Operation Vijay, India's Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, ordered troops into the territory held for centuries by Portugal. Portuguese troops surrendered on December 17, celebrated as Goa Liberation Day. Goa became part of India -- the country's richest and smallest state. The events marked an end to European presence on the subcontinent.

(Prior December 17 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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