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A History of Portugese Overseas Expansion 1400-1668 by Malyn Newitt

By Malyn Newitt

A background of Portuguese in a foreign country growth 1400-1668 offers an obtainable survey of the way the Portuguese turned so influential in this interval and the way Portuguese settlements have been based in components as faraway as Asia, Africa and South the USA. Malyn Newitt examines how the tips and associations of a past due medieval society have been deployed to help enlargement into Africa and the Atlantic islands, in addition to how, via competition with Castile, this grew right into a around the globe business. eventually, he considers how resilient the Portuguese in another country groups have been, surviving wars and normal mess ups, and heading off assaults via the extra seriously armed English and Dutch invaders till good into the 1600s. together with a close bibliography and word list, A historical past of Portuguese abroad growth 1400-1668 is a useful textbook for all these learning this attention-grabbing interval of ecu enlargement

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Warbands linked loosely with either the French or the English cause crossed the Pyrenees during lulls in the fighting in France, the French to support the claims of Enrique de Trastamara to the throne of Castile, the English those of Pedro I. In 1362 the English signed a formal treaty of alliance with Castile, while the French aid to Aragon and the Trastamara cause took the form of an armed invasion led by Du Guescelin in 1365. Pedro I of Castile fled to Portugal but failed to obtain aid and was subsequently killed by his rival.

Second, the chronicle identifies a hero, a man motivated by religion, by chivalry and by dedication to an ideal and a vision. The desire of people over the centuries to believe in the innate goodness and rightness of purpose of their political leaders and, above all, in those who stand at the beginnings of the great era of European conquest and plunder overseas, has triumphed over any serious examination of evidence or assessment of the political and economic structures of the time. Third, and perhaps most important of all, the chronicle is almost the only nearly contemporary record of the early commercial contacts with Africa.

The motivation for this involvement in Castilian politics, and in the wider political struggles in western Europe, was the chronic insecurity of both the Portuguese and Castilian dynasties. While Dom Pedro I of Portugal had children by his Castilian mistress (and possibly wife) Inês de Castro, and Dom Fernando married Leonor Teles, a woman with strong Castilian connections, and intrigued with dissident Castilian nobility for the Castilian throne, dynastic marriages made it certain that in their turn the Trastamaran kings of Castile would have a claim on the Crown of Portugal.

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