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Goa is India’s smallest state, and one of its most unique. It is the only state that was never fully occupied by the British Raj and was instead a Portuguese colony for over 450 years.

Its location on the coast made it a useful strategic colony for the Portuguese and the Portuguese influence is still very much apparent in all aspects of the Goan lifestyle. The colonial architecture, the local language, the food, and the religion of the Goans were all shaped by the Portuguese occupation.

Names like Fernandez or Mourinho are very common among resident Goans, and there is a very strong Catholic presence that has resulted in huge churches, monuments and convent schools. The local language, Konkani, is similar to Portuguese and is perhaps the most melodic of Indian dialects.

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