GOA: Invasion That Fizzled

Sticky monsoon rains pelted the little band of marchers as they sloshed up the mud-laden roads toward the border of Goa. The long-heralded invasion was on. In the lush, Rhode Island-sized Portuguese colony on the west coast of India, 4,000 African troops and 1,000 Goan police waited, guns loaded and aimed. In far-off Lisbon, frantic crowds prayed in churches and demonstrated in the streets against the coming onslaught on Portugal's ancient colony.

As the group of invaders from India—19 Goans carrying nothing but umbrellas and little cloth bags, and led by a 26-year-old man trained for the priesthood—made their determined way...

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