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History & Culture of Portugal - Part 9

Portugal History 6 CulturePart 9. Templar Knights in Portugal (1118 - 1312). The Templar Knights opened up a second front against the Muslims with the Crusades, the “Reconquista”, on the Iberian peninisula and into the Pyrenees/SW France.

History & Culture of Portugal - Part 8

Portuguese DiscoveriesPart 8. Portuguese Discoveries. Portuguese sailors were at the vanguard of European overseas exploration, discovering and mapping the coasts of Africa, Canada, Asia, and Brazil, in what became known as the Age of Discovery.

The 1922 Crossing of the Atlantic

THE 1922 CROSSING OF THE ATLANTICThe year 1922 marks the centenary of the crossing of the South Atlantic by two Portuguese airmen.  The years following the World War had seen efforts by many airmen to complete the first flights over the oceans of the world.

History & Culture of Portugal - Part 7

 HISTORY & CULTURE OF PORTUGAL - PART 7Part 7. A Tale of Two Henrys. 1415 – a year etched in the English and Portuguese history books, for different reasons, yet also a story of two famous cousins, King Henry V of England, and Henry “The Navigator”, Prince of Portugal.

The River Airport in Lisbon

THE RIVER AIRPORT IN LISBONThis year marks the centenary of the first flight from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, and it is appropriate also to remember the crucial part played by Portugal in the communications between Europe and America during the Second World War.

History & Culture of Portugal - Part 6

HISTORY & CULTURE OF PORTUGAL - PART 6Part 6. The timelines of Portuguese houses Burgundy and Aviz.

Portugal´s Secret Police

Peniche prison entranceIt is well known that the Estado Novo, the new constitution introduced by Portugal´s dictator, António de Oliveira Salazar, made provision for a secret police force. This police force was first known as the PVDE (Policia de Vigilância e Defesa do Estado: 1933-45), later as PIDE (Policia Internacional e de Defesa do Estado: 1945-69) and lastly as DGS (Direção Geral de Segurança: 1969-74).

History & Culture of Portugal - Part 5

History & Culture of Portugal, Part 5 - The Moors in Portugal.The Moors in Portugal. Al-Andalus” (“land of the vandals”). Prior to Moorish rule, the Iberian Peninsula was ruled by the Visigoths. The Moors, under Tariq ibn Ziyad, the Muslim ruler of Tangier, invaded Portugal and Spain in the year 711 AD.