What is the Blue Water Policy?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : September 7th, 2022

Francisco De Almeida, the first Portuguese governor of India introduced the Blue Water Policy. He opposed establishing a territorial empire in India and wanted the Portuguese should maintain supremacy on the sea and confine their activities to purely commercial transactions. The policy was to be powerful at the sea instead of building forts on Indian land.

About Blue Water Policy

Francisco De Almeida wanted to create Portugal as a powerful nation in the maritime region under this strategy.

  • He took control of Goa from the Sultan of Bijapur.
  • In 1510 AD, Albuquerque was succeeded by Francisco De Almeida.
  • Later, Goa became the headquarters of Portuguese settlements in India.
  • The Navy’s dominance and control over the coastal regions helped to build the Portuguese in India.

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  • The policy which opposed the establishment of a territorial empire in India and talked about maintaining the supremacy of Portuguese on the sea and confining their activities to purely commercial transactions is known as the blue water policy.

  • The first Portuguese governor, Francisco De Almeida introduced the blue water policy.

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