Pe. Ignacio de Arcamone, a Jesuit priest posted in Salcete in mid-seventeenth century, reporting to his superiors in Rome about what he called the Sasatana Peninsula, counted as many as 44 villages being populated by Chardos: Dividing the whole land of the peninsula into 66 territories, he wrote, 2 territories were left to the primitive settlers (Kunbi or Gaudi); 15 went to the Bramanes, 44 to the Kshatriyas and 5 to other servants or adjutants, probably meaning the Sudras. (Fernandes, 1981: Uma Descrição e Relação de ‘De Sasatana Peninsula in IndiaeStatu’ TextusInediti, 94).
Pe. de Arcamone did not name the villages; but based on the Gaunkari records, we can surmise that the Bramanes got Benaulim, Curtorim, Cortalim, Dabolim, Dramapur, Guirdolim, Loutulim, Macazana, Margão, Quelossim, Raia, Raçaim, Sancoale, Verná and Vaddem; Cavelossim and Telaulim have Sudra Gaunkaries, while Dramapur and Deussua have Sudra vangors in their Gaunkari; 1 village that the primitive settlers were left with was probably Davorlim-Dicarpale; the rest 44 villages went to the kshatriya. (Gomes Pereira, 1978: Hindu Temples and Deities) This distribution is more or less confirmed by the O Gabinete Litterario das Fontainhas (1847). According to Gabinete, of the 56 Salcete Gaunkaries, 26 were of Chardos, 11 of Bramanes and 19 were of other communities or were mixed; of the 39 Gaunkaries in Bardês, 10 each were of Chardos and Bramanes, and the rest were of other communities or mixed; of the 36 Gaunkaries in Tiswadi, 9 each were of Chardos and Bramanes, and the rest were of other communities or mixed. (Vol. 2 & 3).
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