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E-Cyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion - ISBN: 978-989-8492-38-8
These articles had the support of CHAM (FCSH/NOVA—UAc), through the strategic project sponsored by FCT (UID/HIS/04666/2013).

The Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion is a project developed by the Centre for Overseas History, an interuniversity research unit of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon and the University of the Azores. The project makes available multimedia contents of a scientific, educational, and cultural nature on the history of the discoveries and the Portuguese expansion.

The Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion is meant for a broad audience both within and outside Portugal, including secondary school students, university students and researchers, social communication professionals, and all those interested in the history of the discoveries and the Portuguese expansion.

The Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion offers articles, images, maps, chronologies, and genealogies of a condensed nature, but endowed with great scientific authority and reliability. It is continually being expanded and updated. The materials are produced by professors and researchers from the academia and validated by a scientific committee composed of the most renowned national and foreign historians. The project covers a vast geographical area which extends from the Azores to Japan, and a period of time from the beginning of the 15th century to the end of the 18th century.

The bilingual nature of the Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion makes it an indispensable means for the international dissemination of the history and historiography of the Portuguese presence around the world (though, for technical reasons, the online availability of English-language translations might not keep pace with the Portuguese entries, and vice versa). The national character of the Portuguese expansive enterprise is emphasized, along with its integration into a wider European context and its importance for a new emerging European consciousness which is now suspended between criticism and apology for the process of Western expansion.




[translated from the Portuguese by John Starkey]