A History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion 1400–1668
A History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion 1400-1668 provides an accessible survey of how the Portuguese became so influential during this period and how Portuguese settlements were founded in areas as far flung as Asia, Africa and South America.
Malyn Newitt examines how the ideas and institutions of a late medieval society were deployed to aid expansion into Africa and the Atlantic islands, as well as how, through rivalry with Castile, this grew into a worldwide commercial enterprise. Finally, he considers how resilient the Portuguese overseas communities were, surviving wars and natural disasters, and fending off attacks by the more heavily armed English and Dutch invaders until well into the 1600s.
Including a detailed bibliography and glossary, A History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion 1400-1668 is an invaluable textbook for all those studying this fascinating period of European expansion
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1 The origins of Portuguese expansion to 1469
2 Portuguese expansion 14691500
3 Portuguese expansion in the East and the Atlantic 15001515
4 The great Portuguese diaspora 15151550
5 The Portuguese empire at its height 15501580
6 Challenge and response