The Portuguese in the Age of Discovery c.1340–1665

The Portuguese in the Age of Discovery c.1340–1665

Men-at-Arms 484
  • Author: David Nicolle
  • Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
  • Short code: MAA 484
  • Publication Date: 20 Nov 2012
  • Number of Pages: 48
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From humble beginnings, in the course of three centuries the Portuguese built the world's first truly global empire, stretching from modern Brazil to sub-Saharan Africa and from India to the East Indies (Indonesia). Portugal had established its present-day borders by 1300 and the following century saw extensive warfare that confirmed Portugal's independence and allowed it to aspire to maritime expansion, sponsored by monarchs such as Prince Henry the Navigator. During this nearly 300-year period, the Portuguese fought alongside other Iberian forces against the Moors of Andalusia; with English help successfully repelled a Castilian invasion (1385); fought the Moors in Morocco, and Africans, the Ottoman Turks, and the Spanish in colonial competition. The colourful and exotic Portuguese forces that prevailed in these battles on land and sea are the subject of this book.

Biographical Note

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.

Contents

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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