Joaquim Joseph A. Campos

Joachim Joseph A. Campos (1893 – 13 May 1945), also known as J.J.A. Campos, was an author, editor and took an active interest in history. He is known for his book History of the Portuguese in Bengal,[1] which according to the historian Dr. Teotonio R. De Souza remains "still a classic".[2]

Description of the authorEdit

In his 1919-published magnum opus, the author is described as the joint editor of The Century Review, member of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta, "etc, etc".[1] Campos traced his roots to the Portuguese colony of Goa, so while technically he was Portuguese during that era, he was also of South Asian or Indian (Goan) ethnicity.

Critical responseEdit

Reviewing his most-ambitious work in 1919, The Spectator wrote:

Mr. Campos reminds us in his interesting book that Portuguese had become a lingua franca for Eastern ports, and that Clive " knew no Indian language but could speak Portuguese fluently and com- manded his native troops in the Portuguese language." There were Portuguese victims in the Black Hole. The adventurers intermarried with the natives. The missionaries converted many thousands of natives to the Roman Catholic faith and baptized them with Portuguese names. A considerable number of the descendants of the mixed marriages (Luso-Indians) and of the natives (Feringhis) Christianized by the Portuguese are still to be found in Bengal. Mr. Campos has taken great pains with his narrative, which describes in detail a notable episode in the history of European relations with India.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

According to a general notice issued by the Supreme Court of Kenya's probate and administration section (cause no. 114 of 1947), Joaquim Joseph Campos of Kenya died in Bangkok of Siam (as Thailand was then known) on 13 May 1945, and his widow was Matilde Campos.[4]


  1. ^ a b Campos, JJA. "History of the Portuguese in Bengal". Calcutta & London: Butterworth and Co. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  2. ^ de Souza, Teotonio R. "RE: [Goanet]J.J. A. de Campos". (Electronic Mailing List). Goanet. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  3. ^ "History of the Portuguese in Bengal. By J. J. A." The Spectator. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Cause No 114 of 1947". The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya. Published under the authority of his excellency the Governor of the Colony and the Protectorate of Kenya. 12 August 1947. Retrieved 10 March 2017.

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