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Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, overlooking the Tagus river
Location of Portugal in Europe
Portugal (Portuguese: [pu?tu'?al]), officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa ['pu?lik? pu?tu'?ez?]), is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula, in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments. The official and national language is Portuguese.
Portugal is the oldest nation state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe, its territory having been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. It was inhabited by pre-Celtic and Celtic peoples, visited by Phoenicians-Carthaginians, Ancient Greeks and ruled by the Romans, who were followed by the invasions of the Suebi and Visigothic Germanic peoples. After the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, most of its territory was part of Al-Andalus. Portugal as a country was established during the early Christian Reconquista. Founded in 868, the County of Portugal gained prominence after the Battle of São Mamede (1128). The Kingdom of Portugal was later proclaimed following the Battle of Ourique (1139), and independence from León was recognized by the Treaty of Zamora (1143).
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global maritime and commercial empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers. During this period, today referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration with the discovery of what would become Brazil (1500). During this time Portugal monopolized the spice trade, divided the world into hemispheres of dominion with Castile, and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However, events such as the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the country's occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil (1822) erased to a great extent Portugal's prior opulence. (Full article...)
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Fort of Santa Cruz
The main walls of the Fort of Santa Cruz, as seen from Rua Vasco da Gama
: Forte de Santa Cruz da Horta
or Castelo da Santa Cruz
), is a 16th-century fortification
located in the civil parish of Angústias
, municipality of Horta
, on the island of Faial
in the Portuguese Azores
. Occasionally referred to as the Castelo de Santa Cruz
by locals, it is situated in the historic centre of the city, on the edge of Horta Bay. It was constructed to work in conjunction with the Fort of Bom Jesus
: Forte do Bom Jesus
) at the mouth of the Ribeira da Conceição and Fort of Greta
: Forte da Greta
) along the coast of the extinct spatter cone Monte da Guia, to defend the entrance to the harbour and southern access to the Bay. (Full article...
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"One who has no dog, hunts with a cat."
Quem não tem cão caça com gato
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Caretos in the carnival of Podence, Portugal
Iberian Peninsula c. 560. Suebi territory with its capital in Braga (blue); Visigothic territory with its capital in Toledo (green)
"Levantamento do mastro" in Fonte Arcada, Portugal
This 1755 copper engraving shows the ruins of Lisbon in flames and a tsunami overwhelming the ships in the harbor.
Visigothic Hispania and its regional divisions in 700 AD.
Portuguese colonies in Africa by the time of the Colonial War.
The arrival of the Portuguese in Japan, the first Europeans who managed to reach it, initiating the Nanban ("southern barbarian") period of active commercial and cultural exchange between Japan and the West.
Caliphate disintegrated into small Taifas kingdoms in 1031.
The main language areas in Iberia, circa 300 BC.
A bride and her groom in the carnival of Lazarim, Portugal
Gomes da Costa and his troops march victorious into Lisbon on 6 June 1926.
Maios celebration in Madeira island 
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Striking the Autonomous Region of Azores on 1 January, the 1980 Azores Island earthquake killed 61 people and injured over 400, causing severe damage on the islands of Terceira and São Jorge. Measuring 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale, it also shook the islands of Pico and Faial, and resulted from a strike slip fracture, typical of other historical Azorean earthquakes.
In response to the earthquake, Portuguese president António Ramalho Eanes
announced three days of national mourning, while relief efforts, initiated by agents of the local Air Force, were soon accompanied by government-supported agencies. (Full article...
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