An Historical Sketch of Goa (HB)


Author: Denis L. Cottineau de Kloguen

HB | pp. 128 | 1910 | Asian Educational Services

An Historical Sketch of Goa paints a picture of Goa’s origins, it’s revolutions and population changes, it’s viceroys and a chronology of Bishops and Archbishops.

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The celebrations at Goa arranged for November-December 1910 have afforded a suitable opportunity of reproducing a small but admirable volume on Goa written by Pere Denis L. Cottineau de Kloguen, one time chaplain of Colaba, who spent a long time in Goa studying the history of the old city, and then wrote a book which deserves to be called a classic. It was published at Madras in 1831 just after the death of the author, with a map showing the actual state of the city of Goa at the very time he wrote–a state far different from now. For at his time the Religious Orders were still flourishing in the convents, their expulsion taking place only a few years later–i.e in 1835; and many of the churches now totally disappeared, were then either intact or visible in their decay. With some omissions it was taken almost bodily by Fonseca into his Historical Sketch of Goa; and some of the parts omitted are just those which one would desire to have left in. The text of this volume, having first been printed in the Examiner, is now issued as an Examiner Reprint–thus doing good service to librarians and students of ecclesiastical history, most of whom may never have come across Cottineau’s treatise.

This book describes Goa, the Metropolis of the Portuguese Settlements in India, with an account of the state of the city, and of territories under its immediate dependence.

Readers should bear in mind that all features of Goa as actually seen by the author refer to about the year 1827.

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About the Author

The Reverend Denis Louis Cotringeau de Kloguen, was born in Nantes, a sea-port, souh west of Paris, in France. In the early part of his life, he manifested a strong zeal for religion, and an entire devotion to its pious cause, which made him assume holy orders.

Thinking, however, that his sphere of utility, in a country which teemed with persons of his profession, would be but very circumscribed, he resolved to go over to distant parts of the world, where his clerical labours might be more extensive, and where a larger field might offer itself for the exercise of those talents which he had received from the hands of nature; a great thirst after knowledge, and an acquaintance with the world, formed also two other ingredients in the compound of his resolution, to quit the land which saw him born, and wander on foreign soils. He accordingly left France, the place of his nativity, for England and America; and visited those countries. His stay, in the former of these places was not long, comparatively with his residence in the latter, where, he resided in the city of Baltimore, for the period of ten years. Here, he devoted himself to the duty of disseminating Christian knowledge among those of his brethren, who were roving in darkness and ignorance, as became a minister of the Gospel, and a faithful steward of the house of the Lord. In the year 1806, as teacher of Geography, he published his book entitled, Geographical Compilation for the use of Schools, in two volumes; the utility of this work and the happy reception it met with, are evident, from the number and respectability of the many individuals who subscribed to the work, in Maryland, Washington City, George Town, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Carlisle, Pitsburgh, Hanover (in the couty of York) and so on.

From America hge returned to France, where the desire of seeing his mother, and the desire of beholding once more the scene of his youthful engagements took him. He soon left France for the isle of Bourbon where he recided for several years, and was admitted as a member of the Philotechnical Society. He afterwards set out for Bombay where he resided for a long time and became a member of the Bombay Auxiliary of the Royal Asiatic Society. Here he commenced and completed in French an History of India and also this Historical Sketch of Goa. Shortly before his demise, he proceeded overland to Madras, with the intention of going to Calcutta. He died on 11th February, 1830 at Karrical, a French Settlment about 178 miles from Madras.


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