The Rise and Fall of the Portuguese Empire

TLDR The Portuguese Empire emerged as a result of a sense of mission and militancy, leading to exploration, trade routes, and colonial possessions in Africa and Asia. However, internal conflicts and external threats eventually led to the decline and fall of the empire, with Portugal rejecting Spanish rule and experiencing a loss of momentum and mission.

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00:00 The Portuguese have a sense of mission and militancy due to the fall of Constantinople and the capture of Rome, which explains their expansion and exploration down the coast of Africa and into the Indian Ocean.
05:44 Prince Zhao, the successor of Henry the Navigator, desired wealth, an alliance with a Christian kingdom, and a route to the Indies, leading the Portuguese to explore and establish trade routes in Africa and find gold.
10:35 Bartholomew Diaz and his crew sail around the Cape of Good Hope, encountering resistance from the natives and facing stormy weather, but ultimately discovering that Africa can be rounded.
14:45 The Portuguese, aware of the emerging rivalry with Spain, publicized their ability to get around Africa but also kept it to themselves, leading to the Treaty of Tordesillas where they tricked the Spanish into shifting the line dividing the world, giving them entitlement to Brazil.
19:28 Vasco de Gama, chosen by King Manuel, leads a voyage from Lisbon to India, facing hardships and religious fervor along the way.
24:00 Vasco de Gama and his crew finally reach the coast of India after a long and treacherous journey, only to be deflated by the underwhelming reception and demands for gold from the locals.
28:30 Vasco de Gama and his crew engage in brutal and violent behavior, forcibly converting children to Christianity, burning ships, capturing and hanging fishermen, and using violence as a means of intimidation and control as they establish Portuguese bases in Asia.
33:08 The Portuguese continue to expand their colonial possessions in India, capturing Goa and Malacca, establishing forts and colonies, and making pioneering voyages to Burma, Thailand, Sumatra, Canton, and Japan, all while engaging in violent and brutal behavior.
37:29 The Portuguese empire in the 16th century served as a prototype for the European empires that followed, with a focus on establishing trade nodes across the world and linking them together.
41:58 By the mid-16th century, the Portuguese Empire experienced a loss of momentum and mission, leading to internal conflicts and a reversion back to the norm, which ultimately resulted in King Sebastian's ill-fated crusade against the Moroccans and the subsequent takeover of Portugal by Philip II of Spain.
46:50 Portugal's distinctiveness and vast global empire, coupled with the threat of Dutch pirates and the Spanish monarchy's lack of protection, led to a rejection of Spanish rule and the emergence of impostors claiming that King Sebastian was still alive, ultimately culminating in the First World War and the end of Portuguese acceptance of Spanish rule.
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