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PONDICHERRY, India - Religious devotees believe a divine force saved this port city from last week's tsunami, but the vendors who sell fruit and snacks next to the sea say it really was France.

During the city's nearly three centuries as a French colonial enclave, French engineers built and maintained a massive, stone sea wall that kept Pondicherry's historic center dry even though tsunami waves drove water 24 feet above the normal high-tide mark.

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I never thought of the French as having anything to do with India.

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I never thought of the French as having anything to do with India.

During the 'mercantile period': England/France/Belgium/Holland/Spain/Portugal/... vied for territories all over the world.

At one point, the Pope divided the world between Spain and Portugal (which is why they speak Portugese in Brasil).

BTW Portugal also had colonial enclaves in India (and China).
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BTW Portugal also had colonial enclaves in India (and China).

I believe that the Japanese "aregato" comes from the Portuguese "obrigado," both meaning "thank you."

--fleg
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BTW Portugal also had colonial enclaves in India (and China).

The last British colony, HongKong, was given back to China in 1997.
The last Portugese colony, MaCao, was given back to China in 1999.

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The last British colony, HongKong, was given back to China in 1997.
The last Portugese colony, MaCao, was given back to China in 1999.


Goa, Portugal's colony in India, was given back in 1961. It was originally conquered by Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1510. Funny, I lived in Albuquerque for two years and don't remember any streets or buildings named after Alfonso, just a discount store.

--fleg
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