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