Kingdom of Portugal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kingdom of
Portugal and the Algarves
Reino de Portugal e dos Algarves



Flag Coat of arms
Vis Unita Maior Nunc et Semper
"Unity is the Greatest Force, Now and Always"
Hino da Carta
"Anthem of the Charter"
The Kingdom and its empire in 1800
Capital Coimbra
Rio de Janeiro
Languages Portuguese
Religion Roman Catholic
Government Absolute Monarchy
(1139–1822 / 1823-1826 / 1828–1834)
Constitutional Monarchy
(1822–1823 / 1826-1828 / 1834–1910)
 -  1139–1185 Afonso I (first)
 -  1908–1910 Manuel II (last)
Prime Minister
 -  1834–1835 Pedro de Holstein (first)
 -  1910 António Teixeira (last)
Legislature Cortes
 -  Upper house Chamber of Peers
 -  Lower house Chamber of Deputies
 -  Battle of Ourique 26 July 1139
 -  Lisbon Regicide 1 February 1908
 -  Revolution of 1910 5 October 1910
 -  1910 (metro) 92,391 km² (35,672 sq mi)
 -  1910 (metro) est. 5,969,056 
     Density 64.6 /km²  (167.3 /sq mi)
Currency Portuguese dinheiro,
Portuguese real
a. ^ The capital was de facto located at Rio de Janeiro from 1808 to 1821.

The Kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves (Portuguese: Reino de Portugal e dos Algarves;[1][2][3][4] Latin: Regnum Portugalliae et Algarbia), was Portugal's general designation under its monarchy. The kingdom was located in the west of the Iberian Peninsula, Europe and existed from 1139 to 1910. The monarchy in Portugal was abolished and replaced by the First Portuguese Republic after the 5 October 1910 revolution.



The Kingdom of Portugal finds its origins in the County of Portugal (1093–1139). The Portuguese County was a semi-autonomous county of the Kingdom of León. Independence from León took place in three stages:

  1. The first on 26 July 1139 when Afonso Henriques was acclaimed King of the Portuguese[5] internally.
  2. The second was on 5 October of 1143, when Alfonso VII of León and Castile recognized Afonso Henriques as king through the Treaty of Zamora.
  3. The third, on 1179, was the Papal Bull Manifestis Probatum, in which Portugal's independence was recognized by Pope Alexander III.

Once Portugal was independent, D. Afonso I's descendants, members of the Portuguese House of Burgundy, would rule Portugal until 1383. Even after the change in royal houses, all the monarchs of Portugal were descended from Afonso I, one way or another, through both legitimate and illegitimate links.

Fall of the Monarchy[edit]

With the start of the 20th century, Republicanism grew in numbers and support in Lisbon among progressive politicians and the influential press. However a minority with regard to the rest of the country, this height of republicanism would benefit politically from the Lisbon Regicide on 1 February 1908. When returning from the Ducal Palace at Vila Viçosa, King Carlos I and the Prince Royal Luís Filipe were assassinated in the Terreiro do Paço, in Lisbon. With the death of the king and his heir, Carlos I's second son would become king as King Manuel II of Portugal. Manuel's reign, however, would be short-lived, ending by force with the 5 October 1910 revolution, sending Manuel into exile in England and giving way to the Portuguese First Republic.

On 19 January 1919, the Monarchy of the North was proclaimed in Porto. The monarchy would be deposed a month later and no other monarchist counterrevolution in Portugal has happened since.

The Portuguese Empire[edit]

An anachronous map of the Portuguese Empire.

Over time, the Kingdom of Portugal built what was known as the Portuguese Empire. Starting with the conquest of Ceuta in 1415, the empire expanded with the addition of many colonies, the largest of which was Brazil (established in 1500 and dissolved in 1822). After the republican revolution in 1910, the remaining colonies of the empire became overseas provinces of the Portuguese Republic until the late 20th century, when the last overseas territories of Portugal were handed over (most notably Portuguese Africa which included the overseas provinces of Angola and Mozambique in 1975, and finally Macau in 1999).

After centuries of Portuguese dominion in Angola, the Kingdom of Kongo was made a vassal state of the Portuguese kingdom, its king pledging allegiance to the King of Portugal.



  1. ^ Serrão, "... pescado nos mares do Reino de Portugal e dos Algarves e ilhas adjacentes." p. 288
  2. ^ Mattoso, Hespanha, "Todo o território do Reino de Portugal e dos Algarves era coberto pela rede paroquial..." p. 274
  3. ^ Soriano, p. 307
  4. ^ São Miguel, da Fonseca, p. 19
  5. ^ Wilner, Hero, Weiner, p. 190


  • Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão, História de Portugal: Do mindelo á regeneração (1832-1851)
  • José Mattoso, António Manuel Hespanha, História de Portugal 4: O Antigo Regime (1620-1807), (1998) ISBN 972-33-1311-1
  • Simão José da Luz Soriano, Historia da Guerra Civil e do estabelecimento do governo parlamentar em Portugal: comprehedendo a historia diplomatica, militar e politica d'este reino desde 1777 até 1834 Volume 9 (1893)
  • Jacinto de São Miguel (Frei), Martinho Augusto Ferreira da Fonseca, Mosteiro de Belém: Relação da insigne e real casa de Santa Maria de Belém (1901)
  • Mark Willner, George Hero, Jerry Weiner, Global History Volume I: The Ancient World to the Age of Revolution (2006) ISBN 978-0-7641-5811-7
  • Douglas L. Wheeler, Republican Portugal: A Political History, 1910-1926 (1998) ISBN 978-0-299-07454-8

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 38°42′N 9°11′W / 38.700°N 9.183°W / 38.700; -9.183