Portugal Restoration of Independence Day

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AKA NameRestauração da Independência, Restauração da Independência
Hashtags#RestauraçãoDaIndependência
2019 Date1 December 2019
2020 Date1 December 2020
Portugal Restoration of Independence Day

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day History

Restoration of Independence Day in Portugal commemorates regained independence from Spain. Led by Portuguese nobles, on 1 December 1640, the revolt against the Spanish dynasty began. In 1580, when Portugal's only remaining prince died, the Spanish prince, Phillip II, overtook the country. The Spanish dynasty then ruled Portugal for 60 years until the revolt began in 1640.

Restoration of Independence Day is celebrated annually on 1 December. Since 2012, this holiday is no longer a public holiday as Portugal was forced to drop several public holidays in order to adhere to austerity measures.

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Portugal Restoration of Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • D. João Duque de Bragança, descendant of King D. Manuel III, was proclaimed the new King of Portugal.
  • During the Spanish reign over Portugal, the Spanish crown was overtaxing the Portuguese and leaving their colonies unprotected.
  • The Portuguese Restoration War lasted until 1668 until Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Lisbon.
  • Betweeen 1808 and 1821, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Portugal but when Brazil declares independence in 1822, it is shifted back to Lisbon.
  • Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. - George Orwell, English novelist and writer

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtag #PortugalRestorationIndependence, #1640Revolution and #IndependenceforPortugal.
  • Read a book about Portugal’s long history. Some of our favourites are: Portugal: A Companion History, The History of Portugal, and The Portuguese Empire 1415-1808: A World on the Move.
  • Visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Lisbon, Portugal. It is steeped in history and was built in the 15th century. It features a grand, gothic style monastery and is considered one of Portugal’s greatest historical figures.

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day - References and Related Sites

tradutex.pt: Restoration Independence Day
www.famousdaily.com: Independence from Spain

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