Tag Archives: Atlantic Ocean

Coimbra

COIMBRA District in north central Portugal, through which the Mondego River flows to the Atlantic. It was formed from the province of Beira in 1833. The title of Duke of Coimbra was used by some Portuguese princes, notably by Peter, … Continue reading

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Canary Islands

CANARY ISLANDS   CANARIAS; Islas Canarias. Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Africa, west of southern Morocco;  a province of Spain until 1927 and since 1983 an autonomous community. The Islands were known to the Romans, colonised … Continue reading

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Belata

BELATA A province of Moslem Iberia, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tejo (Tagus), later forming the northern districts of the old Portuguese province of Estremadura and the southeast of Beira.   It was temporarily gained for the Kingdom … Continue reading

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Beja

BEJA Administrative district (distrito) in southern Portugal, named after its capital.   It lies between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean and is north of the Algarve.    Before 1833 it had been the south of Alentejo province. Some of the Portuguese princes … Continue reading

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Beira

BEIRA 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 … Continue reading

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Azores

AZORES   AÇORES.   Island archipelago, Ilhas dos Açores (the islands of the hawks), in the Atlantic Ocean, belonging to Portugal and lying some 750-1000 miles west of the mainland.   The nine largest islands belong to three groups.   Five of them lie … Continue reading

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Aveiro

AVEIRO Administrative district in northern Portugal with coastline on the Atlantic, south of Oporto.   It was formed in 1833 from part of Beira province, and in the Salazarist era belonged to the province of Beira Littoral.   The town and port … Continue reading

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