On this day in 1681, Captain Thomas Bowrey was still at Goa with John Dunaway and a Portuguese boy. They had arrived there in a small boat with three lascars after their ketch had been attacked by pirates on the Malabar coast as described on 23 December. The remain lascar crew of the ketch would join them a few days later having taken 40 days to reach there from Burgara.
Goa had been the capital of the Portuguese empire around the Indian ocean and remained their territory until 1961 but they were no longer the powerhouse they had once been in the region. Blockades by the Dutch in the first half of the seventeenth century had taken their toll. When Bowrey arrived, the settlement was still using the old city or Velha Goa but it was already in decline. The population of 200,000 in 1543 had reduced to 1,500 by 1775.
1681 was during a short and rare period of peace in Europe but until a few years earlier England had been at war with the Dutch. Goa, therefore, would have been a relatively safe place to have stayed but it has to be assumed that he was keen to return to Fort St George as soon as possible. Presumably he was waiting for a suitable ship to call there. Nothing is known of Bowrey for the rest of the year. It is possible that he was to remain at Goa for some time yet.