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Decada setima da Asia, dos feitos qve os Portvgveses fizeraõ no descobrimento dos mares, & conquista das terras do Oriente: em quanto gouernaraõ a India dom Pedro Mascarenhas, Francisco Barreto, dom Constantino, o Conde do Redondo dom Francisco Coutinho & Ioaõ de Mendoça

Diogo do Couto. Decada Setima Da Asia. Dos feitos que os Portvgveses Fizeram no descobrimento dos mares, & conquista das terras do Oriente: em quanto gouernarão a Índia dom Pedro Mascarenhas, Franciso Barreto, Dom Constantino, o Conde do Redondo dom Francisco Coutinho, & Ioão de Mendoça. Lisbon: Pedro Craesbeeck, 1616. [Seventh Decade of Asia. Of the deeds carried out by the Portuguese in the discovery of the seas and the conquest of the lands in the Orient: When Dom Pedro Mascarenhas, Franciso Barreto, Dom Constantino, the Count of Redondo Dom Francisco Coutinho, and João de Mendonça governed India.]

Diogo do Couto traveled to India in 1559 and remained there for a number of years. As he traveled down the African coast on the way back to Portugal, he encountered Camões on Mozambique Island. Couto and others helped the penniless poet return to Lisbon with his manuscript of Os Lusíadas. Couto returned to India, where he was commissioned to continue the multi-volume Decades begun by João de Barros. Unlike most royal chroniclers, Couto wrote frankly about crimes and corruption by the Portuguese in India.