A República Portuguesa fica situada no sudoeste da Europa, na zona oeste da Península Ibérica e é o país mais ocidental da Europa, delimitado a Norte e a Leste pelo reino de Espanha e a Sul e Oeste pelo Oceano Atlântico. O território de Portugal compreende ainda as Regiões Autónomas dos Açores e da Madeira, situadas no hemisfério norte do Oceano Atlântico. Durante os séculos XV e XVI, Portugal foi a maior potência económica, social e cultural do mundo, com um império que se estendia em várias colónias pelo mundo. É hoje um país economicamente próspero, social e politicamente estável e humanamente desenvolvido.
The Portuguese Republic, located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. Portugal is bordered by ► Spain to the north (► Galicia) and east (► Andalusia, south east) and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. The Atlantic archipelagos of the ► Azores and ► Madeira are also part of Portugal.
Independent country since 1128, recognized 1143, member of the ► European Union since 1986
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Portugal, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Portugal.
Area ruled by the Habsburg king around 1580 on a map showing modern-day state borders
Empire at João III reign
Portuguese colonial possessions in the XVI century
Portuguese territory in the XVIII century
Territorial demarcations between the Portuguese and Spanish empire, resulting from the treaties of Tordesilhas, Saragoça and Alcáçovas (in German)
Portuguese posessions during the Spanish rule (1581-1640)(in blue)
Dutch-Portuguese War 1588-1654
Portuguese possessions in India 16-18 th centuries
Brazilian administrative division as of 1789
Portuguese Empire 1916-1974
Portuguese colonies in Africa by the time of the Portuguese Colonial War (1961-1974)
Anachronous map of the Portuguese Empire (1415-1999)
Portuguese speaking countries
Portuguese linguistic sphere resulting from the colonization process
Historical provinces of Portugal
This section holds copies of original general maps older than 70 years of this entry.
Map of Portugal in 1561 in the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" (1570) de Abraham Ortelius
Portugal in 1905, Bibliothek allgemeinen und praktischen Wissens für Militäranwärter Band I, 1905
Maps of the Azores
Location of Azores
Location of Azores with Island names
Map of the Azores
Map of the Azores (Portuguese)
Luís Teixeira map of the Azores (c. 1584)
Maps of Madeira
Location of Madeira
Location of Madeira
Notes and references
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