Garcia de Noronha

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Dom Garcia de Noronha (1479 in Lisbon – 3 April 1540 in Goa) was a Portuguese nobleman. He was great-great-grandson of King Ferdinand I of Portugal, was the third viceroy and tenth governor of Portuguese India.[1][2]

D. Garcia de Noronha, 3rd Viceroy of India

As far as his life is reconstructed, Garcia de Noronha comes from noble proportions, his father Dom Fernando de Noronha, was member of the Crown Council of Portugal, as Mayor of the Palace. As a young nobleman he frequented regularly the royal court. After the death of his father, he became gentleman of the Board of Manuel I and João III, captain-general of Cartaxo, young nobleman and knight of the royal house. He served in North Africa and went to India for the first time in 1511 as chief captain of a fleet of six ships . He was married to Ines de Castro, with her he had four children. Moreover, he was a nephew of Afonso de Albuquerque.

As a successor to the critically ill governor-general Nuno da Cunha, by royal decree he was appointed Viceroy on 18 March 1538 of Estado da Índia by King João III. On 6 April 1538 he landed in India. During his reign he promoted the settlement of missionaries on Celebes Islands and Macassar. He issued a ban on the construction and the construction of mainly Hindu and Buddhist temples within the Portuguese India. With the King of Khambhat, he joined in Diu officially peace.

Already appointed viceroy, left again for India in 1538, as chief captain of the fleet. Died 3 April 1540, in Cochin and is buried in the chancel of the Cathedral of Goa. He died as viceroy on 3 April 1540 in Goa.

In Lisbon, a street is named after him.

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  1. ^ Garcia de Noronha - Lisboa, Portugal,, recovered 21 March 2014
  2. ^ List of Viceroys and Governors of Portuguese India, recovered 21 March 2014