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Kingdom of Portugal
Reino de Portugal
Timeline: 1879: Agreement

OTL equivalent: Portugal
Flag Portugal (1830) Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Portugal (Enciclopedie Diderot)
Flag Coat of Arms
273px-Po-map
Location of Portugal
Capital Lisbon
Largest city Lisbon
Other cities Coimbra, Setúbal, Porto, Leiria
Language
  official
 
Portuguese
  others Mirandese
Religion Roman Catholicism
Government Parliamentary monarchy
King Duarte III
  Royal house: Braganza
Prime-Minister José Sócrates
Area 92,090 km²
Population 7,700,00 
Established 1139
Currency Real
Portugal (Portuguese: Portugal), officially the Kingdom of Portugal (Portuguese: Reino de Portugal), is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are part of Portugal.

The land within the borders of today's Portuguese Republic has been continuously settled since prehistoric times. In 29 B.C. the territory was occupied by the Gallaeci and the Lusitanians when it was integrated in the Roman Empire as the provinces of Lusitania and part of Gallaecia. Roman settlers strongly influenced Portuguese culture, particularly the Portuguese language, mostly derived from Latin. In the 5th century, after the fall of the Roman empire, it was occupied by several Germanic peoples, mainly the Suevi and the Visigoths. In the early 8th century Muslim Moors conquered those Christian kingdoms, occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula.

During the Christian Reconquista (English: Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula), the County of Portugal was settled, as part of the Kingdom of Galicia. With the establishment of the Kingdom in 1139, recognized in 1143, and the stabilization of its borders by 1249, Portugal claims to be the oldest European nation-state.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, as the result of maritime exploration, Portugal established a global empire that included possessions in Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America, becoming the world's major economic, political and military power. Portugal´s Empire was the first, and most long-lived Global Empire in the world. In 1580, after a succession crisis it was united with Spain for a period called the Iberian Union; however in 1640 it re-established full independence during the Portuguese Restoration War that resulted in the establishment of a new dynasty and a return to the previous separation between the two empires.

The 1755 Lisbon earthquake, Spanish and French invasions, and Brazilian independence, resulted in both the disruption of political stability and economic growth and the reduction of Portugal's international status as a global power during the 19th century. After the overthrow of the monarchy in 1910, a democratic but unstable republic was established that was then replaced by the "Estado Novo" dictatorship. After the World War II, the monarchy was restored.Its overseas provinces would be gradually lost until 1975.

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