Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire

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Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire

〤 Free Kindle Read [ Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire ] ⎳ Book Author Roger Crowley ⏹ In Conquerors, New York Times bestselling author Roger Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorersa tactical advantage no other country could match Portugals discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy Crowley relies on letters and eyewitness testimony to tell the story of tiny Portugals rapid and breathtaking rise to power Conquerors reveals the Imprio Portugus in all of its splendor and ferocity, bringing to life the personalities of the enterprising and fanatical house of Aviz Figures such as King Manuel the Fortunate, Joo II the Perfect Prince, marauding governor Afonso de Albuquerque, and explorer Vasco da Gama juggled their private ambitions and the public aims of the empire, often suffering astonishing losses in pursuit of a global fortune Also central to the story of Portugals ascent was its drive to eradicate Islamic culture and establish a Christian empire in the Indian Ocean Portuguese explorers pushed deep into the African continent in search of the mythical Christian king Prester John, and they ruthlessly besieged Indian port cities in their attempts to monopolize trade The discovery of a route to India around the horn of Africa was not only a brilliant breakthrough in navigation but heralded a complete upset of the world order For the next century, no European empire was ambitious, no rulers rapacious than the kings of Portugal In the process they created the first long range maritime empire and set in motion the forces of globalization that now shape our world At Crowleys hand, the complete story of the Portuguese empire and the human cost of its ambition can finally be told.Praise for Conquerors Excellent Crowleys interpretations are nuanced and fair The Christian Science Monitor In a riveting narrative, Crowley chronicles Portugal s horrifically violent trajectory from impoverished, marginal nation to European power, vying with Spain and Venice to dominate the spice trade Kirkus Reviews starred review Brings to life the Portuguese explorers perfect for anyone who likes a high seas tale Publishers Weekly Readers of Crowleys previous books will not be disappointed by this exciting tale of sea battles, land campaigns and shipwrecks Crowley makes a good case for reclaiming Portugals significance as forger of the first global empire The Daily Telegraph Crowley has shown a rare gift for combining compelling narrative with lightly worn academic thoroughness as well as for balancing the human with the geopoliticalqualities on display here The story he has to tell may be a thrilling one but not every historian could tell it so thrillingly.Michael Prodger, Financial Times A fast moving and highly readable narrative Crowleys detailed reconstruction of events is based on a close reading of the works of the chroniclers, notably Barros and Correa, whose accounts were written in the tradition of the chronicles of chivalry History Today Customer reviews Conquerors How Find helpful customer and review ratings for How Portugal Forged The First Global Empire at Read honest unbiased product Portugal the Age of Exploration u s role in history United States America History Wikipedia can be traced from circa , years ago, when region present day was inhabited by Homo heidelbergensis Spanish invasion Spanish Part Seven Years War Count Schaumburg Lippe, commander Anglo Portuguese forces that thrice defeated Luxury Mediterranean Cruises Small Ship Cruise luxury cruise through Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Morocco, This is one spectacular Hiking Iberian Coast Travel with REI Hike s dramatic coastline on an unforgettable 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