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Pluricontinentalism (Portuguese: Pluricontinentalismo) was a geopolitical concept that Portugal was a unified nation-state that spread multiple continents. With origins as early as the 14th century, pluricontinentalism gained official state-sponsorship in the Estado Novo regime.


It was the idea that Portugal was not a colonial empire (Portuguese Empire), but a singular nation state spread across continents (hence the name).[1][2]


The first time that Portugal was a pluricontinental country was during the reign of Maria I of Portugal, with the creation of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves.

People Associated with Pluricontinentalism

See also


  1. ^ Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa: Pluricontinental
  2. ^ Portugal's First Domino: 'Pluricontinentalism' and Colonial War in Guiné-Bissau, 1963–1974, by Norrie Macqueen, 1999 Cambridge University Press.

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