If you want to discover the beauties of Portugal, the country has a waiting to be explored: it only takes two hours to get from Lisbon to Porto or Faro, the major cities in the north and south of the country.
While much of Latin America has wrestled with its Spanish colonial past, Brazil has been much more diplomatic and tolerant of its Portuguese colonial past....
Conceived by the pioneer Portuguese and Spanish explorers in their search for precious metals and costly spices (such as saffron and cardamom), this expansion of knowledge about the world was well-intentioned.
My trip to Portugal was somewhat planned, and somewhat impromptu. Come early to mid-February every year, you can typically find me traveling unplugged somewhere near or abroad. It’s a tradition I started several years ago for my birthday, which falls on the day before Valentine’s Day.
One of these miracles occurred in Fatima, Portugal in 1917....
You guys, Portugal. What a stupidly beautiful, historic, magical place. And, one of my new favorite places I’ve visited. Needless to say, I highly recommend it.
[tags: portugal, trade, colonies]
The United States' deep investment in destabilizing the democratically elected, post-independence government of Angola is arguably the most profound example of Western influence and its destructive consequences for Africa. In 1975 Angola gained its independence from Portugal, and three nationalist groups subsequently fought for control of the government: the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), led by President José Eduardo dos Santos and backed by Cuba and the Soviet Union; UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), led by Jonas Savimbi and backed by South Africa and the United States; and the FNLA (National Liberation Front of Angola), backed by Zaire's president, Mobutu Sese Seko (he had changed the name Congo to Zaire in 1971.)
[tags: ndongo, africa, portuguese settlers]
A year later, Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci sailed to Brazil on a voyage commissioned by the Portuguese crown and returned home with a cargo of hard, reddish wood.