Key Takeaways from the Portuguese Era of Expansion

Key Facts that Revised my Thinking

Causalities Levels were Borderline Suicidal

War Technology Really Really Mattered

Actually MORE impressive ships of the Chinese a century earlier, but why no cannons? No one was stopping you…

The Process was Incremental, Punctuated by Big Gambles

Portuguese Mythology Pivoted Around Muslim Conflicts

Successes Resulted in Tremendous Leverage

Their Holdings were “Shallow”, Along the Coasts

Wikipedia

Commanders Loved Forts, Conscripts Hated Building Them

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