Beira


BEIRA

English: Ancient Provinces of Portugal, before...

English: Ancient Provinces of Portugal, before the 19th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Old province in north central Portugal;  bordered by the River Douro (north), Spain (east), the Tejo and then the province of Estremadura (south) and the Atlantic Ocean (west).

Northern Beira had been recovered by Castile-Leon in the later 11th century and became part of the County of Portugal when it was granted to Henry of Burgundy, c.1096;  the southern sector (Belata) was then part of the frontier zone and was not firmly Portuguese until the 1130s, the period in which Portugal’s independence was being established.   In 1833 Beira was divided into the districts (clockwise from the northwest) of  Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda, Castelo Branco, and Coimbra.

The title of Prince or Princess of Beira was borne by senior members of the Portuguese royal family.

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