Battle of Cannanore

The Battle of Cannanore took place in 1506 off the harbour of Cannanore in India, between the Indian fleet of the Zamorin of Calicut and a Portuguese fleet under Lourenço de Almeida, son of the Viceroy Almeida.

Battle of Cannanore (1506)
DateMarch 1506
Cannanore, India
Result Portuguese victory
Flag Portugal (1495).svg Portuguese Empire Kingdom of Calicut
Commanders and leaders
Lourenço de Almeida Samorin
3 naus
1 caravel
several foists[1]
Over 200 vessels[2]
Casualties and losses
None A few dozen ships

The Indian fleet, consisting of about 200 ships equipped with cannons manufactured with the help of two Milanese Italians, was manned by Hindu, Arab, and Turkish crews.[1] This encounter ended in a Portuguese victory. It was followed by another Portuguese success at the siege of Cannanore in 1507, but then a Portuguese defeat at the Battle of Chaul in 1508.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Foundations of the Portuguese empire, 1415–1580 Bailey Wallys Diffie p.232ff [1]
  2. ^ Foundations of the Portuguese empire, 1415–1580 by Bailey Wallys Diffie p.232 [2]