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Pluricontinentalism (Portuguese: Pluricontinentalismo) was a geopolitical concept, positing that Portugal was a transcontinental country and a unitary nation-state consisting of continental Portugal and its overseas provinces.

With origins as early as the 14th century, pluricontinentalism gained official state-sponsorship in the Estado Novo regime.


It was the idea that Portugal was not a colonial empire (Portuguese Empire), but a singular nation state spread across continents (hence the name).[1][2]


The first time that Portugal was a pluricontinental country was during the reign of Maria I of Portugal, with the creation of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves.

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