The Portuguese had been in India for some time before the first conquest of India page # 90).
They were supposed to be in India to try and covert people but the Indians did not believe that this was their mission. Although they were suppose to be there for religious reasons the Portuguese manned the Arabian Sea routes providing protection for the pilgrims as their ships sailed. The Portuguese did not want the English there. The Indians thought that the taxes and the cost of the trade were too high for levies of protection.Prince Karma questioned why empires could not protect their own ships.
The Indians’ idea of the English was they were highly skillful t sea and that their Navy was very powerful. There was thought of the English protecting them at sea instead of the Portuguese. They also pondered the thought of giving them both the chance to protect the ships and profit from the protection. The Indians were afraid of the fact that the Portuguese would become arrogant if they were unchallenged and the Indians had to do something about them.The ideas were uncertain because of the behavior of an Englishman who robed and harassed defenseless trading vessel.
The three were weary if the English could be trusted. The Indians also thought that they Portuguese were too arrogant. Although that had been defeated by the English they still felt the owned the seas and empires should pay them high prices to keep them protected. When it came to needed protection the Indians stated that they did not need the English or the Portuguese.
They wanted them but didn’t need them. The English were allowed very vague trading privileges in the empire. The English was not thrilled with the deal and soon sailed back to England. The English felt that the Indians were pouring an excessive amount of goods into the Indian empire. It was believed that the balance of trade was unfavorable and the Indians were taking advantage of the trade market. The McHugh treasury grew increasingly because the English were pouring all of their gold and silver into India.They were melting down gold and silver to be printed with the Emperors stamp.
England practically gave the McHugh government all of its’ silver and gold (Page 277). There was no type of diplomacy between the English and the Indians and the English decided to trade with other imports (page # 277). Although the Indians thought the English Ambassador was not trustworthy they were known to unique the Portuguese at sea numerous times. The Indians pacified the English to get what they wanted until they decided what to do with them.
They were more beneficial to the empire than the Portuguese. The Indians were not fond of the Portuguese because they constantly burned Indian ships and disobeyed direct protection but Indian ships were constantly destroyed and burned at sea. The English had not provided them with the protection that they were paying. They were unsure who was on their side and if the English was working with the Portuguese and working against them. Prince Khartoum finally supported the Portuguese and allowed ships to trade the Arabian Sea.Overall the Mussels relied on the forefingers increasingly even while they despise them. The Portuguese issue sailing permits for McHugh ships and charge high taxes to protect them.
The covers of these permits portray the Virgin Mary, which was an insult to the Mussels. The Portuguese aren’t above high Jacking ships and passengers when they don’t get their way. As for the British, they act pretty much like they are going to act throughout their colonial history.