The Portuguese nobleman Afonso de Albuquerque (ca. 1460-1515) is best known as governor of India. He is also considered the founder of the Portuguese imperial system.<
Additional reading about Afonso de Albuquerque
Afonso de Albuquerque, Governor of India (1929), is a brief account. Elaine Sanceau, Indies Adventure: The incredible career of Afonso de Albuquerque (1936), is a pro-Portuguese treatment that makes extensive use of the sources. Richard Stephen Whiteway, The Rise of Portuguese Power in India, 1497-1550 (1899; 2d ed. 1967), and Charles R. Boxer’s scholarly The Portuguese Seaborne Empire, 1415-1825 (1969) are excellent background works that build on the writings of 16th century Portuguese historians for source material. See also K. G. Jayne, Vasco da Gama and his successors (1910).