Portugal 2016 My First Month

I have spent one month touring Portugal and I have to say that it has been an amazing journey.  Portugal has so much to offer visitors.  I have traveled to the beaches and historic old ports of the Algarve to the capitol city of Lisbon and Portugal is so full of history, culture, and  magnificent architecture. The Portuguese people are very warm and welcoming. The food is incredible and very affordable compared to other  European countries. I have done my best to immerse myself in the culture during my stay. I am learning Portuguese and even attempting to speak the …

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PORTUGAL 2016 MY FIRST MONTH

I have spent one month touring Portugal and I have to say that it has been an amazing journey.  Portugal has so much to offer visitors.  I have traveled to the beaches and historic old ports of the Algarve to the capitol city of Lisbon and Portugal is so full of history, culture, and  magnificent architecture. The Portuguese people are very warm and welcoming. The food is incredible and very affordable compared to other  European countries. I have done my best to immerse myself in the culture during my stay. I am learning Portuguese and even attempting to speak the …

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SLAVE MARKET – MERCADO DE ESCRAVOS

Lagos holds the dubious claim to fame of being home to Europe’s first slave market. It was built in 1444 and here slaves captured in Africa were brought to be sold and dispersed across the continent. An eye-witness to one of the first slave auctions held here in 1445 described it as a “terrible scene of misery and disorder”, and no doubt these walls saw very many such scenes. By 1455, 800 Africans were being transported to Portugal annually and many came through Lagos, although by 1470 the centre of the Portuguese trade in slaves had moved to Lisbon.

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