Napoleon, the emperor who never conquered Portugal

Napoleon, the emperor who never conquered Portugal

He wears his black hat and rides a white horse, Napoleon appears on the front page of the Thursday, November 23 issue of the weekly magazine Vision, Which reproduces the famous painting by Jacques-Louis David Bonaparte crossing the great St. Bernard River, In the Alps. “The man behind the legend” The titles of the Portuguese magazine that tell in its pages “Youth, battles, women, and the ephemeral fall of the French emperor that shook Europe.”

“While a blockbuster film directed by Ridley Scott about this man with a unique destiny and an unforgettable name is released in theaters,” The author of the profile is journalist and writer Luis Almeida MartinezEditor-in-Chief of History Magazine visao, It aims to dispel doubts and ambiguous ideas surrounding who was before Hitler, “The most famous, most beloved, and most hated historical figure about whom the most biographies have been written.”

Escape to Brazil

One article is of particular interest To the three invasions of Portugal by the French army:

“In November 1806, Napoleon ordered the countries of continental Europe to close their ports to English ships. There was a problem for Portugal: England’s discontent meant losing contact with the indispensable colony of Brazil (the Royal Navy had to close the Tagus tavern); it was attracting the wrath of “France is exposing oneself to a ground invasion. And that’s what happened.”

Napoleon’s army tried three times to occupy Portugal – in November 1807, in March 1809, and in August 1810 – but failed in the face of the Anglo-Portuguese alliance. However, the first invasion, which lasted a few months, forced the Portuguese royal family to flee to Brazil on November 29, 1807. This banishment from the court, which lasted thirteen years, created the conditions for the independence of Brazil (1822), which then encouraged the countries of South America The other wishes for Spain.

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The cruel General Lewison

Vision It is mentioned that the Portuguese population “He led multiple resistance operations during the invasions.” Napoleon but ‘A lot of miserable people’ Gone or sent “Barra or manita” : An expression born at that time, popular today, meaning that the latter were seriously injured or died while going to oppose the “Penguin” (“Manita”) The nickname of the French general Louison, who lost his left arm during a hunting accident and “Who was remembered for his cruelty.”

The weekly concludes: “But not all Portuguese fought or attacked the Napoleonic occupiers. Rather, thousands of them defended the tricolor on the battlefields of Europe, as part of the Portuguese Legion, in the service of Napoleon.

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