In Goa, for about four and a half centuries, Portuguese colonialism sought to shape the local memory, populating it with reified signs of the Lusitanian Christian history. However, the project of constitution of a community of equals fomented disputes by local groups, remarking ancient rivalries around the condition of colonial elite. These disputes happened through the formulation of half-breed histories by these groups, of narratives of memory which intended to insert them inside the Imperial narrative, and from witch emerged the first projects of definition of the Goan identity. However, this intended approximation in relation to the colonizers was constantly threatened by the imperialist nature that Portugal sought to assume, mainly in mid-XIX century, as long as the gap between both groups became progressively accentuated. With the emergence of nationalist biased narratives we are able to identify the first systematic attempt of definition of the Goan identity witch had as its basis a rupture in relation to the elements of Lusitanian reference assumed before. With this research, we intend to investigate the ways by witch the assets of lusotopy became as much the limits as the ways for a new Goan community to be imagined, in the years that preceded the end of the Portuguese colonialism in India.
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