History of Portugal

By Shahmir Rizvi

Portugal joined the European Union on 1st January 1986 so it wasn't a founder country of the EU.
Spain and Portugal shared the Iberian Peninsula which was invaded by the Romans. Then the Germanic people invaded the Iberian Peninsula followed by the Suevi in 409, The Visigoths in the 6th century and conquered Suevi in 585 and Moors from North Africa in 711 comquered southern Portugal with was a benefit to southern Portugal.
Portugal is located west of Spain and borders Atlantic Ocean and Straight of Gibraltar. It shares a peninsula called Iberian peninsula with Spain.
The green symbolizes hope for the future. Red symbolizes the blood of the Nation. The small blue shields represent the five Moorish kings who were defeated by another King of Portugal. Portugal is most of the oldest cities in Western Europe.
This is the old flag of Portugal. This flag was used from 1385-1433 in King Joa's control, from 1433-1438 in Duarte's control and from 1438-1481 in Afonso's control.
The capital and 4 major cities of porteguese are Lisbon which is the capital and Algarue, Obidos, Aveiro, and Sintra are the major cities.
People should go to Lisbon because it has historic sites, good bridges, steep hills, a surrounding river, and colorful neighborhoods. Algarve has nice climate all year long, has beaches, has historic sites, tranquil landscaped, bridges and castles.
Tagus river, rolling plains, mountain, a peninsula,forests and valleys are some physical features of Portuguese.
Portuguese government is the republic government.
The currency of Portuguese is the euro but before that they had escudo. 1 euro = 200.482 escudo. Some people still use escoodo.