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Goa, a former Portuguese colony, has numerous churches and chapels, witnesses to the intense religious history of the land.

In 1498, Vasco da Gama became the first European to set foot in India through a sea route, landing in Kozhikode in Kerala, followed by an arrival in what is now known as Old Goa. The Portuguese arrived with the intention of setting up a colony and seizing complete control of the spice trade from other European powers after traditional land routes to India were closed by the Ottoman Turks.

With the imposition of the Inquisition (1560–1812), many of the local residents were forcibly converted to Christianity by missionaries, threatened by punishment or confiscation of land, titles or property. Many converted, others fled the state, settling down in the neighbouring towns of Mangalore and Karwar in Karnataka.
By the time it was suppressed , the inquisition had had thousands of people executed and tortured.

(SOURCE INFO : WIKIPEDIA)

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