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The Portuguese in the Age of Discovery, C.1340-1665


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Portugal in the early 14th century - archaic early armies /Modernization under English influence - English alliance in Hundred Years' War - defeat of Spanish invasion /Reconquista of the Muslim south /Expansion in early 15th century: invasion of Morocco - voyages of discovery (Vasco da Gama, etc.) - trading/military expeditions around African coast - in Indian Ocean /Consolidation, mid-15th-16th centuries: merchant colonies - raising of local colonial forces - invasion and colonization of Brazil /Fighting off the competition /Resistance to Spanish pressure, 16th century - metropolitan forces - final loss of independence to Spain, 1580 /Bibliography /Index

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In the 15th and 16th centuries the Portuguese built a vast trading empire that stretched from Brazil to India and from Lisbon to Nagasaki. The men who spearheaded this extraordinary transformation are the subject of this engaging book.

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David Nicolle, born in 1944, worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years.

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