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The First Elected President Of Portugal – Manuel de Arriaga

The First Elected President Of Portugal – Manuel de Arriaga

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The political history of Portugal has many different phases but it is widely considered that modern Portuguese politics began with the election of the first elected President of the country – Manuel de Arriaga. Manuel de Arriaga came into office in August 1911 following the abdication of King Manuel II.…

The Three Secrets Of F

The Three Secrets Of F

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The history of Portugal has always been closely linked to the religion of the country and one of the most famous historical encounters came in Fátima. Fátima is a town that was founded in 1568 but it came to world prominence in 1917 when three children saw an apparition of…

The Pombaline Era In Portugal

The Pombaline Era In Portugal

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The first Marquis of Pombal was Sebastião João Carvalho e Melo who lived between 1699 and 1782 and was considered to be a very important figure in Portuguese history thanks to his sweeping reforms and his swift actions taken after the earthquake of 1755. The Marquis first began his political…

The Portuguese Inquisition

The Portuguese Inquisition

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Around the world the Spanish Inquisition is renowned, however there was also a Portuguese Inquisition going on across the border. The Portuguese Inquisition was officially started in 1535 under the instruction of the then King, João III who had originally asked for an inquisition to take place in Portugal in…

The Portuguese Empire

The Portuguese Empire

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While recent history does not show Portugal as being hugely important on a global scale, in the past Portugal was incredibly important and was actually the first country to have a global empire in the whole world, known as the Portuguese Empire. The Portuguese were not the only country to…

The Restoration War Of Portugal

The Restoration War Of Portugal

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The Portuguese and the Spanish have had a long and troubled history and the Portuguese Restoration War refers to one of the most difficult times in the two countries coexistence. The war started in 1640 with the Portuguese revolution and finally ended more than 20 years later with the signing…

Prehistoric Portugal

Prehistoric Portugal

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Modern day Portugal has a long and varied history with the prehistoric history of the country dating back to before the time of writings. Cave evidence in Portugal shows that there have been humans living in the country in the Middle Palaeolithic age dated to be around 50,000 years BP.…

The 1762 Spanish Invasion Of Portugal

The 1762 Spanish Invasion Of Portugal

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It was the time of the Seven Year’s War and Portugal had remained neutral in the struggle which officially began in 1756, however a change in monarch led to a change in the dynamic between Spain and Portugal. Spain had a good relationship with Britain under Ferdinand VI and did…

The Portuguese Colonial War

The Portuguese Colonial War

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Exploration from the Portuguese took them all over the world with the Portuguese forming colonies in various parts of Africa and Asia.  In the mid 20th century these colonies fought for independence and a period of colonial wars took place around the world. The colonial wars were known in Portugal…

Portuguese Colonies in Africa

Portuguese Colonies in Africa

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During the last 60 years of the 19th Century Europe’s attentions all focused on Africa in what is now being called the “Scramble for Africa.” By the start of the 1900s almost no part of Africa remained untouched by European powers, and many countries were under strict military rule of European countries.…

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