The Portuguese Empire at its maximum extent

In red, territories once part of the Empire.

In blue, sea lanes under Portuguese influence and control.

In pink, claimed territories once part of the Portuguese Empire.

The Portuguese Empire, also known as the Portuguese Overseas, was the 1st Global Empire in History, starting in 1415 with the conquest of Ceuta, over 500 years after Portugal’s foundation in 868. In addition, it was the longest-lived of the modern European colonial empires, spanning nearly six centuries, making it the longest Global Empire in History.

Portuguese Conquistadors battled their way through Asia, South America, Africa, Arabia, conquering and expanding the Empire in search for wealth, settlement, gold, slaves, trade and spreading of Christianity. Thanks to this, Portugal held dominion over the sea lanes of the Indian and South Atlantic oceans, making its economic, military and political power the rival of any in Europe.

Portuguese domain was present in Africa, Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Greenland and several parts of Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and others.

“Portuguese were the first Europeans after the Dark Ages to engage in transcultural and transoceanic warfare, equipped with a blend of nautical knowledge, superior technology, incredible courage, very few men, and great swordsmanship that proved very efficient against the curved blades of the Turks and Moors. One must be aware that the Portuguese knew they were always outnumbered, a certainty that led them to employ all their courage and determination in the fights and battles they engaged.
In many cases, just mentioning the Portuguese would distress an entire army or fleet, knowing the fierceness and bravery of the Portuguese warriors."

Rainer Daehnhardt (Professor, Historian, Writer.)
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