Portugal Restoration of Independence Day ~ Guerra da Restauração

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day is December 1.

After Portuguese King D. Sebastião was killed in a North African battle in 1637,  Spanish King Phillip II declared himself King of Portugal.

Spanish Hapsburgs ruled Portugal for three generations from 1580 to 1640.

December 1, 1640 was the day Portuguese nobles and merchants staged a coup against Spanish rule that began the Portuguese Restoration War.

Portuguese independence came in 1668 with the Treaty of Lisbon.


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