Himanshi singh Nov 21 , 2022
This article will explore this history and how these former Portuguese colonies are making their mark on the world stage in modern times.
Portugal's colonial empire started with Ceuta, Africa. Portugal seized this port from the Moors in 1415 and would later use it as a base for further colonial conquests.
Portuguese explorers first reached North America in the 15th century when Gaspar Corte-Real explored Newfoundland and Labrador.
Portugal's main interest in North America, and specifically Canada, was its rich fishing opportunities.
Portugal first turned its attention to South America in the 16th century, when Portugal began to explore and establish its presence in what would become Brazil.
Portugal began colonizing Asia in the 16th century when Portugal established the Estado da Índia Portuguesa (Portuguese State of India), a political entity that Portugal held onto until its dissolution in 1961.
Portugal colonized parts of Europe, such as Portugal's Colonies in the Azores, Madeira, and the Cape Verde Islands.
Portugal's colonization of its colonies in Europe has left a lasting legacy on Portugal's culture, and Portugal is still heavily influenced by the immigrants who came to Portugal during its colonial period.
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