By A. R. Disney
The dominion of Portugal used to be created as a derivative of the Christian Reconquest of Hispania. without geographical raison d'?tre and no noticeable roots in its Roman, Germanic, or Islamic pasts, it for lengthy remained a small, suffering realm on Europe's outer fringe. Then, within the early 15th century, this not going springboard for Western growth all of sudden started to acquire an empire of its personal, finally extending greater than midway around the world. The heritage of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire, drawing rather on ancient scholarship postdating the 1974 Portuguese Revolution, bargains readers a entire assessment and reinterpretation of the way all this occurred - the 1st such account to seem in English for greater than a new release. quantity I issues the heritage of Portugal itself from pre-Roman occasions to the climactic French invasion of 1807, and quantity II strains the background of the Portuguese abroad empire.
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51 But such judgements are too negative. Ceuta was indeed smaller and less prosperous after 1415 than it had been before, and some of its trade activity was diverted to other centres still in Muslim hands. 52 When they could, the Portuguese eagerly traded with trans-Saharan caravan merchants, often through Jewish intermediaries. They also dealt regularly in local Moroccan products – wheat, textiles, cattle, horses, fruits and vegetables. 49 50 51 52 NHEP vol 2 p 300. Farinha A D 2002 pp 14–15, 51.
Meanwhile the Roman mines at Treˆs Minas had long since been abandoned, and in early Avis times only negligible quantities of alluvial gold were being extracted from the sands of the lower Tagus. But Ceuta had long imported gold overland from sub-Saharan Africa and was famous for its gold ceiti or Ceuta doubloon. 45 Although the escudo was a relatively low-quality coin of only eighteen carats, it both stimulated commerce and boosted Duarte’s prestige. 46 Trans-Saharan gold remained important to Portugal until the early 1450s, when better links to the West African sources were opened up by sea via Guinea.
This shift was linked to the contemporaneous development and growth of Portuguese trade with Guinea, of which Joa˜o was also the principal sponsor. For through Saﬁ, Azemmour and other Moroccan Atlantic ports, the Portuguese could access the wheat, horses and textiles they needed for the West Africa market. 23 Portuguese intrusions into the southwest of Morocco were carried out mainly by sea but also through a series of inland probes. 24 The coastal towns and communities of Atlantic Morocco, aware the sultan at Fez could do little to protect them against such 19 20 21 22 23 24 Cook W F 1994 p 98; Farinha A D 2002 p 25.
A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire: From Beginnings to 1807 (Volume 2) by A. R. Disney