During the 15th and 16th centuries, Portuguese explorers were among the first to boldly go where none had gone before.


Clustered in the remote swells of the deep Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,200 kilometres from the Portuguese shore, and no less than 1,500 from the Canadian eastern seaboard, the nine islands and smattering of islets that make up the Portuguese Azores still stand as a testimony to the country’s prolific historical fervour for expansionism, exploration and colonialism.


Today, there are tens of satellite settlements right across the Portuguese seaboard that have their origins in this time of exploration and expedition. 

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