Story - A Portuguese colony from 1510 to 1961,
little is known of Goa's early history under
Hindu rule until its seizure by Muslims in 1327.
The Portuguese governor, Albuquerque, captured it
in 1510, and expanded the settlement to form a
commercial centre for south-east Asian trade. It
became the administrative centre of Portugal's
Asian empire. When Portuguese power declined
elsewhere in Asia, Goa remained as an enclave of
European influence. However it was liberated by
India in 1961 and, together with two other former
Portuguese west-coast territories, Daman and Diu,
became a Union territory in 1962. Goa became a
State of the Union in May 1987.