Who were the first Europeans to set up sea trade centres in India?

(A) The English
(B) The French
(C) The Portuguese
(D) The Dutch

Correct Answer : The Portuguese
Question Asked : Uttarakhand PCS (Pre) 2004
Explanation : Among all European powers in India, the Portuguese traders were the first who established maritime trade centres in India. The first Portuguese Viceroy Francisco de Almeida annexed Diu in 1509. The victory of Diu made Portuguese most powerful in the Indian Ocean. The Portuguese established their monopoly over the Indian ocean and levied tax on ships passing through their area.
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