Portugal had established its present-day borders by 1300, and the following century saw extensive warfare. This confirmed Portugal's independence and allowed it to aspire to maritime expansion, sponsored by monarchs such as Prince Henry the Navigator.
During this period of nearly 300 years, the Portuguese fought alongside other Iberian forces against the Moors of Andalusia; and, with English help, they successfully repelled a Castilian invasion (1385). They also 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.
Paperback, 49 pp., generously illustrated.
Bibliography and Index,
Osprey Publishing, 2012.
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