Portugal

Portugal is a country in south-west Europe. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula and bordered by Spain. The Atlantic Ocean is to the west and the Gulf of Cadiz to the South. Some quick facts about the Portugal include:

  • Portugal is the oldest country in Europe! It has had the same borders since 1139.

  • People from Portugal are called Portuguese. Vasco da Gama is a famous Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to discover the sea route to India in 1498.

  • At one point half of the colonized world belonged to Portugal.

  • The Portuguese were the first colonial empire to abolish slavery in 1761.

  • The longest bridge in Europe is in Portugal, it is 10.5 miles long.