Editors. "Spanish are defeated by the Portuguese and British at Montes Claros". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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A joint force of the British and Portuguese defeats the Spanish at Montes Claros. A further victory at Villa Viciosa secures Portugal's independence. It had been subsumed within the Spanish monarchy since 1580, when Philip II seized the vacant throne.