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Portugal ('''Portuguese:''' ''Portugal''), officially known as the Portuguese Republic ('''Portuguese:''' ''República Portuguesa''). They do not speak Spanish, but can understand each other to a degree, even though Spain surrounds them on two sides.

Their independence from Leon and Castille started in 24 of June 1128, when [[WarriorPrince D. Afonso Henriques]] (the D. is for ''Dom'' or ''Don'') revolted against his mother and her lover, a Galician count, and won the Battle of S. Mamede. 11 years and a month later, he declared Portugal an independent kingdom, although it was only recognized as such by the Spanish in 1143 and by the Pope in 1179.
From then on he proceeded to conquer territories against the Moors, being such a badass that he conquered almost all of everything that is recognized today as Portugal (with the exception of Algarve and the islands of Azores and Madeira).
The process of Reconquista ended for Portugal in 1249 when Faro and Silves (and the rest of Algarve) was retaken/conquered from the Moors by Afonso III.

In probably the best example of a real life BindingAncientTreaty, Portugal and the UK have been allied since the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373 (or the Windsor Treaty of 1386, depends on who you ask), the oldest alliance that's still in force. This treaty would [[ChekhovsGunman become rather important throughout many crises]] in Portugal's history.

It was generally peaceful for a few years (apart from the occasional intrigue regarding political issues in the Peninsula), until 1383, when, after [[JerkassWoobie D. Ferdinand I]] died, it originated a succession crisis in which his wife, Leonor Teles, the king of Spain and D. John Master of Avis, in which D. John won the rights to become a king, after organizing the defense of Lisbon against the Castillian king and receiving the help of a jurist, João das Regras, and the [[RedBaron "Holy Constable"]], [[CelibateHero Nuno Álvares Pereira]], who had won two battles against the Castillians during this Interregnum. Such "new" independence was secured by the army of Nuno Álvares and D. John I, along with some help from English bowmen, in the Battle of Aljubarrota (think a mixture of too much young blood on the Castillian side, a bunch of traps carefully deployed and a great defense and you have an amazing CurbStompBattle).

After this war, some of the sons of D. John I (in particular, one Henry [[TheNavigator the Navigator]]) began looking towards expanding their territories and commerce (since a lot of men became unemployed after the war), and so they started what is known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Discovery Age of Discovery]]. After conquering Ceuta in 1415, they discovered Madeira and Azores a few years later and they started exploring the African coast.

They achieved greater rights and privileges after the fall of Constantinople in order to reestablish the commercial trades with the East from a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanus_Pontifex papal bull]]. It was at this time that they made the iconic caravel, which would become a staple of many voyages during this period.

The big breakthrough happened when Bartolomeu Dias rounded the southernmost tip of Africa, who named it the ''Cabo das Tormentas'' ("Cape of Storms"), proving that the Indian Ocean was accessible from the Atlantic. The king, D. John II, renamed it as ''Cabo da Boa Esperança'' ("Cape of Good Hope").

However, Columbus' discovery of the Americas (which he thought was "the Indies" (East and South Asia) caused a diplomatic incident due to a conflict between their areas of inluence established by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Alc%C3%A1%C3%A7ovas treaty of Alcáçovas]], thereby leading to a redesign of said speheres (which became vertical, that is, from pole to pole, rather than horizontal), with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tordesillas treaty of Tordesillas]], in 1494.

About 4 years later, one the most memorable journeys in world navigation history reached its destination. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_da_Gama Vasco da Gama]], leading 4 ships, left Lisbon in 1497 and, a year later, after reaching the eastern coast of Africa (landing in Mombassa, a hostile port, and Malindi, a friendlier port which was a rival to Mombassa), they arrived to UsefulNotes/{{India}}. Such news made such an impact that, years later, a writer named Luís de Camões wrote the Portuguese epic ''Os Lusíadas'', in which the main plot was centered around said journey. Even today said journey is taught regarding world history in many countries worldwide (though it pales a bit when compared to Magellan's circumnavigation, the Spanish expedition oriented by said Portuguese man).

From here on, it started to form an Empire. Portugal became one of the naval empires (or, in fact, the first naval-based world power), leading to colonies in Africa (UsefulNotes/{{Angola}}, UsefulNotes/CapeVerde, UsefulNotes/GuineaBissau, UsefulNotes/{{Mozambique}}, São Tomé and Príncipe), Asia (UsefulNotes/TimorLeste, UsefulNotes/{{Macau}}, UsefulNotes/{{Bahrain}}, UsefulNotes/SriLanka, UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} and some cities/towns of UsefulNotes/{{India}} like Mumbai, Goa, Damão and Diu) and America (UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} - [[TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires not that everyone remembers it wasn't a Spanish colony]]). However, in some of these lands there was never a proper settling.

All was not rosy, then. The reason for this very widespread control without settling was because Portugal was something of a GlassCannon of great powers in the Age of Exploration. It possessed expansive colonies and shipping power but a painfully small population and an equivalently small and somewhat less than fully equipped or militarily trained (by Western standards) army. Colonization to consolidate these holdings would be out of the question for centuries, and conflicts with other nations hindered chances of expansion comparable to Spain and England. On top of this, the debts of the Portuguese empire made most money that came from the colonies to be redirected into British pockets. Finally, the Portuguese were involved in an increasingly ugly ForeverWar on two fronts against a parade of Muslim powers in Morocco and the Indian Ocean over trying to conquer the former and obtain a monopoly on the Spice Trade and dominance of the Indian Ocean in the latter. Both of these forced the Portuguese to fight increasingly numerous enemies on increasingly far-flung fronts with a dwindling stock of manpower and emptier coffers, while the latter in particular alienated the Netherlands, France, and their old English allies.

The final straw that broke the camel's back happened when a young [[LeeroyJenkins King Sebastian]] immersed himself in a Moroccan dynastic dispute as an excuse to play crusader and seize more Moroccan territory. Unfortunately for Portugal, he was a GeneralFailure who ran right into a vastly larger and better prepared Moroccan army who promptly killed him[[note]]although he may [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastianism return someday]][[/note]] and killed or captured the rest of his army. This broke Portugal's tenuous demographic balance, and after the reign of a Cardinal put on the throne to try and stave off the inevitable and pay off the crippling ransoms the Moroccans demanded, the Spanish King decided to enforce his claims to the Portuguese throne. The Portuguese and their Western Allies nominated an alternative candidate, but the Spanish came in and curbstomped the Portuguese army. The result was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberian_Union loss of independence to Spain]] for 60 years, during which time things got even worse.

Portugal was employed as an extension of the Habsburg Empires, but the Habsburgs already had two empires and they couldn't really handle the addition of a third. The result was that they alternated between neglecting Portugal and using it as CannonFodder and its' empire as bargaining chips in perpetual wars against the House of Habsburg's enemies. Unfortunately, the Habsburg's main enemies at the time were Portugal's traditional allies, which meant [[DutchPortugueseWar war with the Dutch]], the English, and the French. This weakness and the resulting conflicts regarding many colonies led to a loss of plenty of territories and/or regions, as well as economic and trading ground.

All of this, combined with the ever-growingly expensive taxes that the Portuguese merchants suffered and the loss of representation by the nobility at the ''Cortes'' (assembly of representatives of socio-economical classes), led to Portugal regaining independence in 1640, in the finest timing possible [[note]]It happened alongside the Thirty Years War and a popular Catalan revolt[[/note]]. The ensuing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Restoration_War Restoration War]] lasted 28 years. The relations were again normalized with England and France. Regarding the latter, an alliance was established (which wouldn't last long), while in the case of the former,a marriage was established between Charles II and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Braganza Catarina de Bragança]]. She's also the person usually credited with introducing (or, at least, popularizing) the custom of drinking tea in Britain, which is something almost every Portuguese person likes to point out since it's a point of pride, especially, of course, when they encounter an English person.

After NapoleonBonaparte's troops (led in three invasions by Junot, Soult and Massena, respectively) invaded in 1808, D. João VI and the Royal Family fled to Brazil, which then became headquarters of the Empire. They only returned after a revolt in the mainland in 1820, and two years later the prince-regent left behind his son, Pedro, who declared the Brazilian independence.[[note]]Though after D. João died he returned to his birthplace, leading Pedro I of Brazil to become Pedro IV of Portugal.[[/note]] This marked the first step for Portugal's decline into a VestigialEmpire, even if the other main colonies remained under their reign until the late 20th century.

The French troops were driven out with the help of Wellington's troops. Many English (whether they fought here or not) would establish themselves here (though there were already quite a few here, courtesy of the marriage between D. John I and Philippa of Lancaster in the 14th century), leading to an increase in export of one of the most famous Portuguese products, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_wine Port wine]] (the popularity and export of Port wine to England started after the Methuen Treaty, signed in 1703). The continued English involvement in the Port wine trade can be seen in the names of many port shippers: Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Gould, Graham, Osborne, Offley, Sandeman, Taylor and Warre being amongst the best known.

After Brazil's independence, said independence caused a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Wars civil war between liberalists and absolutists]], which were won by the former, restoring Maria II's place in the throne. Some confrontations between opposing constitutional groups (namely, the ''Setembristas'' ("Septembrists") and the ''Cartistas'' ("Chartists") ensued in the following years, which also caused popular revolts such as the ''Maria da Fonte'' revolution, which opposed the Chartist government.

A period of regeneration followed, which marked the period of rotativism, where the Regenerator Party and the Historic Party pretty much, well...rotated in the government. Still, this rotativism was InNameOnly, as there was still political conflicts which led to worse economical and financial difficulties (which had pretty much started after Brazil's independence).

In the late 19th century, the monarchy started to see its power undermined. Despite some slow progress being made, there was still too much control by the nobility. Also, the almost unsustainable agricultural and industrial problems (which still exist today, albeit to a lesser degree) caused the people to become discontent. The problem that caused the first point of no return was, however, the British Ultimatum.

In 1885, Portugal had prepared a document, as well as expeditions, to claim sovereignity over a land corridor between Angola and Mozambique (which comprised most of modern UsefulNotes/{{Malawi}}, UsefulNotes/{{Zambia}} and UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}}). However, there was an issue: unless there was effective occupation, the British would not give a fuck, especially considering their plans to elaborate a route that would go "from the Cape to Cairo". 5 years later, the British Ultimatum was sent (being the only time that the Treaty of Windsor was breached), and the Portuguese had to abandon their claims. There was not enough manpower to claim such a vast area[[note]]though some parts were successfully claimed, like the Mozambican province of Sofala[[/note]] , and historical discoveries and scientific interests mattered not in that time and place. The consequence of this was a rise in Republicanist attitudes[[note]]The Portuguese Republican Party was founded in 1876[[/note]].

In 1908, king Carlos I (who had accepted the Ultimatum) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon_Regicide was shot alongside his heir]], which caused anger throughout the states and kingdoms of Europe, due to his popularity. The new king, Manuel II, couldn't really stop the increasing Republican movements, and so, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_October_1910_revolution on October the 5th of 1910]], the monarchy was abolished and the Portuguese Republic was established (and, with it, the flag that can be seen at the bottom of this page, the national hymn, and the bust of the Republic).

It spent a while as a dictatorship under Salazar, which ended in the Carnation Revolution.

The Portuguese Republic (''República Portuguesa'') is a democratic state, a member of UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion since 1986 and a founding member of {{NATO}}.

For those interested in the language originated in this country, see UsefulNotes/PortugueseLanguage.

For the Portuguese military forces, see UsefulNotes/PortugueseMenOfWar.

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'''Cities'''
* UsefulNotes/{{Lisbon}}

'''Famous Portuguese'''
* Many famous discoverers / conquerors, like Henry the Navigator, Afonso de Albuquerque, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan (Portuguese: Fernão de Magalhães).
* Writers like Gil Vicente, Luís de Camões, Almeida Garrett, Camilo Castelo Branco, Eça de Queirós, Fernando Pessoa and the Nobel Prize winner [[Literature/{{Blindness}} José Saramago]].
* Film director Manoel de Oliveira, the oldest active film director in the world (born in December 1908).
* Film director Pedro Costa, known for his movies ''In Vanda's Room'' and ''Colossal Youth''.
* António Egas Moniz, who received the Nobel Medicine Prize in 1949 for developing the now-condemned surgical procedure of "lobotomy" (more properly called leucotomy). He also developed cerebral angiography (used in some places to confirm brain death, and also to detect brain anomalies) and invented thorotrast, a radiocontrast agent, for use in the procedure.
* Actress Daniela Ruah, known as Kensi Blye in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''.
* Actress Maria de Medeiros, aka Fabienne from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* Actress Lúcia Moniz in ''Film/LoveActually''.
* Actress Rita Blanco has a small role in Michael Haneke's ''Amour''.
* Football players like Eusébio, Luís Figo, Rui Costa, and, more recently, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Raúl Meireles and João Moutinho. Not to mention football manager José Mourinho, aka "The Special One".
* Painters Almada Negreiros and Paula Rego.
* Fado (the Portuguese musical genre) singers Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, Camané and Ana Moura, among others. In terms of guitarrists, Carlos Paredes is the one who had a significant overseas career.
* Ana da Silva, who formed with Gina Birch the PostPunk band The Raincoats.
* Dead Combo, a music duo who appeared on ''NoReservations''. Other famous alternative groups include Mão Morta, Blasted Mechanism and Buraka Som Sistema (the latter were pioneers in bringing ''kuduro'' music to an international audience).
* Creator/FilipeMelo, creator of the ''ComicBook/AsIncriveisAventurasDeDogMendoncaEPizzaboy'' comic book.
* José Manuel Barroso, 11th and current President of the [[UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion European Commission]] (also a former Prime Minister).
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'''Portugal in fiction'''
* The maid of the author in ''LoveActually'' is Portuguese, and he also visits Portugal later in the movie.
* A good chunk of ''{{Sharpe}}'' takes place in Portugal.
* ''Series/DinosaurRevolution'''s second episode happens where now is the Lourinhã Formation.
* ''DepoisDoAdeus'' is a PeriodPiece about the period after the CarnationRevolution.
* The beginning of ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' is set in Portugal. The marriage also happens there.
* In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Bond goes to Macau (it was part of Portugal then). Mr. Lazar (who is threatened by Bond) is Portuguese.
* ''ComicBook/AsIncriveisAventurasDeDogMendoncaEPizzaboy'' happens in the night streets of Lisbon.
* Most Brazilian fiction dealing with the colonial period. Most popularly, the D. João VI reign, that lead to the country's independence.
* In [[http://videos.sapo.pt/s6d42SN3qGzmH5izQFQR one episode]] of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall mentions to Barney that the Goliath National Bank (GNB) is making illegal experiments in the Lisbon water network and that the GNB can go to war with Portugal if their contracts are not well executed.
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->The flag's red and green colors have been occasionally used in Portugal's previous flags, though not as national colors until 1910, and officially have no symbolic meaning (though the authoritarian ''Estado Novo'' regime propagandized the colors to symbolize hope and sacrifice, respectively); the golden armillary sphere celebrates the spirit of adventure and the fact that Portugal was a pioneer in the discovery of the Americas, Africa, Oceania and the Far East during the 16th century, and upon which is superimposed a white shield containing five smaller blue shields with five white circles, bordered by a red ring containing seven gold castles, symbolizing the reconquest of Portugal from the Moors (African Muslims).
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