Over a period of 250 years Portuguese became the global language of maritime trade, and Iberian silver circulated as a world trading currency. "A History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion 1400-1668 "provides an accessible survey of how the Portuguese became so influential during this period and how Portuguese settlements were founded in areas as far flung as Asia, Africa and South America.
Malyn Newitt examines how the ideas and institutions of a late medieval society were deployed to aid expansion into Africa and the Atlantic islands as well as how, through rivalry with Castile, this grew into a world wide commercial enterprise. Finally, he considers how resilient the Portuguese overseas communities were surviving wars and natural disasters and fending off attacks by the more heavily armed English and Dutch invaders until well into the 1600s.
Including a detailed Bibliography and Glossary, "A History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion 1400-1668 "is an invaluable textbook for all those studying this fascinating period of expansion by all the European powers.
"Malyn Newitt's aim simply has been `to give a coherent account of a very complex topic for a new generation of students of European overseas expansion' and `to restore a chronological perspective to the story of the empire.' To do this in less than three hundred pages is no means a task, but the end product lives up to the promise. Anyone familiar with the history of the Portuguese empire should have it on the shelve." --Itinerario