This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.


Footprints on the Sands of Time
By Menin Rodrigues (www.goansofpakistan.org)
60th Independence Day of Pakistan: August 14, 2007

The Portuguese influence and dominance goes back to the 15th Century but the real transition of Goans (of Portuguese-Hindu pedigree) from one place to another, from Goa to Bombay, to Karachi, to Africa and other continents started, realistically speaking, sometime in 1820. When the British eyed Karachi as a future city of trade, commerce, leisure and strategy, and with Charles Napier occupying Sind, the advent of Goans in Karachi (Kurrachee) had begun. They came in dhows and anchored at the threshold of the city's two 'gates' - Kharadar (Salty Door) and Mithadar (Sweet Door).

These enterprising people from Goa of pre-partition India have been living and working here, a sleepy fishing village-turned-megacity, since that time. They did not look back and in their quest for a new homeland and prosperity, gave off their best, excelled in everything they touched, grew in numbers and affluence but gradually lost interest. Large number of families, like gypsies and nomads moved on, in search of greener pastures, leaving behind their trademark talents and footprints on the country of their choice, in this case, Pakistan.

Though they have long gone, drifted away from the shores of their country, they will always have a little Pakistan in their hearts. A recent email from Brian Gonsalves, a Goan from Karachi who now lives on the Island of Margarita, Venezuela, says it all. He writes, "My House in Venezuela is called 'Pakistan'.
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MILESTONES

 

1815 -

Goans start emigrating to Kurrachee for greener pastures

1820 -

First Goans arrive in Kurrachee in dhows

1852 -

Anthony Cajetan made Chief Appraiser of Karachi Customs

1858 -

The J.C Misquita bakery opens in Saddar

1861 -

St. Patrick’s High School built in Saddar. Many Goans join as teachers.

   

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GEOGRAPHICAL & ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND

 

 

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