Portugal Restoration of Independence Day

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day

December 1
This public holiday commemorates the restoration of Portugal's independence from Spain on December 1, 1640. Philip II (1527-1598) of Spain assumed control of Portugal in 1580 upon the death of Henry, prince of Portugal, and the "Spanish captivity" lasted for 60 years. Revolution began in Lisbon, and in 1640, the Portuguese dethroned Philip IV (1605-1665; grandson of Philip II) and reclaimed independence for Portugal.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Portugal
2125 Kalorama Rd. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-328-8610; fax: 202-462-3726
www.visitportugal.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 200