Spanish invade Portugal (69 words)

Historical Context Note

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A Spanish army under the Duke of Alva invades Portugal to assert Philip II's claim to the Portuguese throne. They defeat the supporters of Don Antonio, a rival claimant, at the battle of Alcantana near Lisbon, and win the throne for Philip. As a result of this conquest, Spain doubles her colonial empire and improves her commercial prospects, as the Porguese coastline offers valuable shipping and harbours for trading.

Editors. "Spanish invade Portugal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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