Battle of Cannanore

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Battle of Cannanore (1506)
Part of Portuguese-Mamluk War
Date March 1506
Location Cannanore, India
Result Decisive Portuguese victory
Flag Portugal (1495).svg Portuguese Empire Calicut
Gujarat Sultanate Flag.gif Gujarat Sultanate
Naval Ensign of the Ottoman Empire (1453–1793).svg Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Lourenço de Almeida Samorin
3 naus
1 caravel
several foists[1]
Over 200 vessels[2]
Casualties and losses
None A few dozen ships

The Battle of Cannanore took place in 1506 off the harbour of Cannanore in India, between the Indian fleet of the Samorin and a Portuguese fleet under Lourenço de Almeida, son of the Viceroy Almeida.

The Indian fleet, consisting of about 200 ships equipped with cannons manufactured with the help of two Milanese Italians, was manned by Hindu, Arab and Turkish crews.[1] Ottoman Empire soldiers were also participating on the Indian side.[3]

This encounter ended in a Portuguese victory. It was followed by another Portuguese success in the Siege of Cannanore (1507), but then, a Portuguese defeat at the Battle of Chaul in 1508.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Foundations of the Portuguese empire, 1415-1580 Bailey Wallys Diffie p.232ff [1]
  2. ^ Foundations of the Portuguese empire, 1415-1580 by Bailey Wallys Diffie p.232 [2]
  3. ^ Malabar manual William Logan p.313