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 presents an obtainable survey of the way the Portuguese grew to become so influential in this interval and the way Portuguese settlements have been based in parts as far off as Asia, Africa and South the USA. Malyn Newitt examines how the information and associations of a overdue medieval society have been deployed to help growth into Africa and the Atlantic islands, in addition to how, via contention with Castile, this grew right into a all over the world business. eventually, he considers how resilient the Portuguese abroad groups have been, surviving wars and typical mess ups, and heading off assaults via the extra seriously armed English and Dutch invaders until eventually good into the 1600s. together with an in depth bibliography and thesaurus, A background of Portuguese out of the country growth 1400-1668 is a useful textbook for all these learning this attention-grabbing interval of eu enlargement

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Others reopened the debate about a possible attack on Granada with or without the help of Castile. However, a significant group, with whom the king was evidently in sympathy, opposed further military expeditions regarding them as expensive and profitless. Increasingly this faction looked to the Infante Pedro as its leader. During Dom João’s last years Henrique appears to have been much concerned with the Canary Islands. He tried to obtain a cession of the lordship over Lanzarote and even applied to Juan II of Castile to have his title confirmed.

52 In fact, João of Avis, like his predecessors, continued to depend on the support of factions of the nobility. His victory over the Castilians had resulted in the confiscation of land from the nobility who had supported Castile and with this he rewarded his followers and created a new Portuguese noble class. It was not the bourgeoisie on whom he came to rely but members of his own family. João had an illegitimate son, born in 1377, whom he made Count of Barcellos. His eldest legitimate son, Duarte (called Edward after his greatgrandfather Edward III and after his great-uncle the Black Prince) was born in 1391, Pedro his second son in 1392, Henrique in 1394, João in 1400 and Fernão in 1403.

However, the invasion of Castile, which was attempted in 1386–7 with English help, was unsuccessful and after that warfare became little more than frontier raiding. Moreover, after the campaign of 1387 English claims to the Castilian throne were bought out and Castile ceased its active participation on the side of France in the Hundred Years War. João of The origins of Portuguese expansion to 1469 17 Avis, meanwhile, gradually tightened his grip on power and established a new and, as it proved, stable dynasty.

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