Around the World – Portugal

Portugal's Roca Farol, Europe's most western continental point

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.

BOOKS:

Novels by Portuguese author, António Lobo Antunes

Novels by Nobel-prizewinning Portuguese author, José Saramago

Distant Music – Lee Langley

The European Discovery of America – Samuel Eliot Morison

The Food of Portugal – Jean Anderson

Hunting Midnight – Richard Zimler

Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal’s History and Culture – José Saramago

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon – Richard Zimler

Letters of a Portuguese Nun: Uncovering the Mystery Behind a 17th Century Forbidden Love – Myriam Cyr

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

WEBSITES:

Portuguese Explorers – The Mariners’ Museum

Portugal – CIA World FactBook

Portugal Official Tourism

7 Maravilhas Naturais de Portugal (The Seven Wonders of Portugal)

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