Francisco Luis Gomes 1829-1869 by Luis Assis Correia
Includes full-text of the first-ever novel to be written by a Goan in any language Os Brahmanes
Francisco Luís Gomes was overpowered by the cry of Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot, for liberty, equality and fraternity. He envisaged making his beloved Goa, through education and the Catholic religion, a land economically prosperous, and thus shape the destiny of the Luso-Indian in all walks of life. This book is the most comprehensive compiliation of writings of a 19th century Goan Parliamentarian and prominent intellectual, translated into English. Includes the full-text translation of his novel Os Brahamanes. Author Correia earlier penned Goa Through The Mists of History (10,000 BCE to 1958 CE) and Portuguese India: Mumbai – Chaul – Vasai 1498-1739.
Gomes was vociferously opposed to all forms of tyranny and exploitation of people and his forceful arguments in Parliament astounded his admirers and opponents alike and came to be called The Prince of Goan Thought, a symbol of the symbiosis of cultures, Oriental and Occidental. In Lisbon, Francisco Luís Gomes took his seat in Parliament in 1861, and made his maiden speech just three days after taking his seat. Thus began the most productive period of his short life as a parliamentarian, orator, journalist, economist, novelist and historian.
Despite his Parliamentary work-load, Francisco Luís Gomes was an assiduous journalist. During his Parliamentary recesses, Gomes published his literary, economic and historic studies. In 1861 he produced De la Question du cotton en Angleterre et dans les Possessions Portugaises de l’Afrique Occidentales. In 1862, he published Liberdade da Terra a Economia Rural da India Portuguesa (Liberty of Land and the Rural Economy of Portuguese India), dealing with Goan agriculture. In 1863 came Os Brigadeiros Henrique Carlos Henriques e Joaquim Xavier Henriques. In 1866, Os Brahmanes, Romance (Lisboa). In 1867, Essai sur la Theorie de l’Economie Politique et de ses Rapports avec la Morale et le droits (Paris). In 1869, Le Marquis de Pombal, Esquisse de sa Vie Publique (Paris).