Portugal Becoming One of the First Great European Seafaring Powers Portugal is a Southwestern European country just west of Spain, with a population of nearly 11 million and a total area of 92,090 square kilometers (CIA Factbook). While geographically part of the European continent, the entire west coast of Portugal abuts the North Atlantic Ocean. Historically, this location prompted Portugal to become one of the first great European seafaring powers, and to grow a vast colonial empire, including Brazil, disproportionate to Portugal’s small population. Portugal is an aging country, with the average person being 39.4 years old. Portugal’s population is growing at a snail’s pace of 0.275 percent, making it one of the very slowest growing...The end:
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