Cooke completed negotiations for the Portuguese surrender of Bombay, begun by Sir Abraham Shipman, and assumed office as governor on February 18, 1665, after being conveyed to Bombay by three East India Company ships. According to Professor Shafaat Ahmad Khan, Cooke "took himself personally the possession and delivery of the said port and town of Bombay, walking thereupon, taking in his hand earth and stones, entering and walking upon its bastions, putting his hands to the walls thereof, and making all other like acts which in right were necessary without any impediment or contradiction."
- Shafaat Ahmad Khan, Anglo Portuguese negotiations relating to Bombay, 1660-1677
- Joseph Gerson Da Cunha, The origin of Bombay, Asian Educational Services, 1993, page 260. ISBN 978-81-206-0815-3.
- Frederick Charles Danvers, The Portuguese in India: being a history of the rise and decline of their eastern empire, Vol. 1., Asian Educational Services, 1988, page 343. ISBN 978-81-206-0391-2.
- "Notes and Queries", London, s. x. July 4, 1908, page 1.
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