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All Modern-Day Countries Ever Controlled by Portugal

With the help of a map, can you guess all modern day countries that were at one point under Portuguese rule from 868 (foundation of the County of Portugal) and up to now?
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Includes trading posts and occupations.
Not including any international zone, raids or expeditions.
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: April 12, 2021
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Countries
Angola
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Benin
Brazil
Cape Verde
China
Democratic Republic of the Congo
East Timor
Countries
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
France
Ghana
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
India
Indonesia
Iran
Japan
Countries
Kenya
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Countries
Oman
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of the Congo
São Tomé and Príncipe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Somalia
Spain
Countries
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Tanzania
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
(Saint Helena)
Uruguay
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Level 53
Apr 12, 2021
First comment! Great Quiz! Looking forward to more!
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Level 55
Apr 12, 2021
Thanks a lot!
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Level 57
Apr 12, 2021
Nice quiz! Nominated :)
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Level 55
Apr 12, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 48
Apr 22, 2021
Great quiz! Im gonna nominate it :<)
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2021
Really appreciate it. Thanks!
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Level 58
Apr 22, 2021
Only missed Rep. Congo. As always, a great quiz! :)
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 93
Apr 22, 2021
St Helena totally threw me. Sat here for a while before I remembered it! Fun quiz, nominated.
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2021
Thanks! It's definitely tough one, but that's part of the challenge, haha.
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Level 59
Aug 4, 2021
I got it from thinking Spain was Gibraltar
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Level 71
Apr 22, 2021
Great quiz! Though I got everything right based on geographic and historic knowledge, there were a lot of places I didn't knew Portugal once held it. And I'm brazilian-portuguese. :)
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Level 45
May 25, 2021
Cool quiz!
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Level 71
Jun 2, 2021
Nice quiz, nominated! I've never realized how many coastal towns Portugal owned over all these places, especially in India and Africa.
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Level 53
Jul 2, 2021
I thought Portugal also had outposts in Canada (e.g. Newfoundland, to which they beat both the French and the English) and the north eastern US
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Level 55
Jul 2, 2021
These territories were claimed at most, although there were Portuguese expeditions in modern-day Canada.
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Level 70
May 17, 2022
There was at least one attempt to establish a permanent Portuguese colony in Canada, although everyone involved died before they could reestablish contact with the metropole.

Still, I think that even a short-lived single attempt at a colony is probably more realistic than claiming the Portuguese ever actually completed the Rose-colored map project and had even nominal sway over the Zambia/DRC territory between Angola and Mozambique.

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Level 62
Sep 13, 2021
Can you tell me your source for Portuguese Barbados. Was it a colony or a trading post. I’ve been trying to create a quiz and wanted to include Portugal but just can’t seem to find any evidence to say that they ever colonized Barbados.
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Level 55
Sep 13, 2021
I'm not sure, but there's a lot of sources that at least claim Barbados was first claimed by Portuguese between around 1536 and that they abandoned the island by 1620. I don't know how truthful that is though.
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Level 61
Dec 16, 2021
Taiwan????? That's how it got the name Formosa (Portuguese for beautiful)
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Level 55
Dec 16, 2021
They named the island, however there was never an attempt at a settlement. Similar to the Netherlands and New Holland / Australia.
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2022
Gah, I missed Iran...curse you, tiny areas I didn't bother to zoom in on! :) Nominated!
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Level 69
Sep 15, 2022
Excellent quiz. Thanks
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Level 59
Sep 28, 2022
Excellent quiz, you got my nominate. But some territories were too small, I located them by luck.
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Level 71
Dec 5, 2022
Yeah, great quiz but can you make some of the circles bigger or make the highlighting a bit clearer?

I only found a few cos I zoomed in on random parts of the map. Even when I saw the answers I couldn’t see whereabouts on the second answer on the fourth column the Portuguese had controlled.

Still a great quiz mind

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Level 55
Dec 5, 2022
Thanks! The map definitely needs redoing and I will try to get to that asap.
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Level 86
Dec 5, 2022
Great quiz, thanks @Dekkie.

Despite zooming in, I missed Bahrain and Iran—I probably need my optical prescription updated. If it were possible to include a “Show missing countries” option, that would be terrific.

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Level 72
Dec 5, 2022
I think it’s not so bad. I got them all on a smartphone screen, so they’re mostly visible!
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Level 86
Dec 6, 2022
That’s impressive, @Dimby! I was using a desktop with a 21-inch screen. Maybe your eyes are younger than mine, which have been in use for nearly 60 years,
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Level 74
Dec 5, 2022
Intro says “County of Portugal”.

Good quiz thanks.

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Level 55
Dec 6, 2022
Thanks! This is actually correct though, as Portugal started out as a vassal county of other Christian Iberian kingdoms.