Next stop on our trip around the world is Portugal. For such a small country (smaller than the state of Indiana), it has had quite an effect on the world. For one thing, the exploration explosion of the 16th century was primarily due to Prince Henry the Navigator. Other interesting Portuguese facts:
- Their national holiday is celebrated on June 10th, the day poet Luis de Camoes (who wrote an epic poem honoring the country), died in 1580.
- One of the world’s largest solar power plant is based in the Norte region of the country.
- Because Portugal was a neutral country during WWII, about a million European refugees, including several thousand Jews, were able to escape the Nazis via Lisbon.
Novels by Portuguese author, António Lobo Antunes
- Fat Man and Infinity, and Other Writings
- The Inquisitors’ Manual
- The Return of the Caravels
- What Can I Do When Everything’s on Fire?
Novels by Nobel-prizewinning Portuguese author, José Saramago
- All the Names
- The Cave
- Death with Interruptions
- The Double
- The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
Distant Music – Lee Langley
The European Discovery of America – Samuel Eliot Morison
The Food of Portugal – Jean Anderson
Hunting Midnight – Richard Zimler
The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon – Richard Zimler
The Portugal Story: Three Centuries of Exploration and Discovery – John Dos Passos
Portuguese Homestyle Cooking – Ana Patuleia Ortins
Rick Steves’ Portugal – Rick Steves
A Small Death in Lisbon – Robert Wilson
A Traveller’s History of Portugal – Ian Robertson
Portuguese Explorers – The Mariners’ Museum
Portugal – CIA World FactBook
7 Maravilhas Naturais de Portugal (The Seven Wonders of Portugal)