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A Virtual Trip to Portugal

This collection is based on Portugal, one of the oldest countries in Europe. It exhibits the different aspects of Portugal's culture and lifestyle based on its human and physical geography.

Portugal's History

Portugal's History

The World Atlas includes plenty of information regarding Portugal’s physical and human geography. Within the website, it provides a description of Portugal’s history, landforms, flag, geography, facts, and symbols. Therefore, it gives a solid background on Portugal even before doing further research. The first section of the website regarding Portugal’s history is what I focused on most. It describes the first inhabitants of Portugal (the Neanderthals) all the way to Portugal’s choice to join the European Union. Something notable that occurred in Portugal is in 1415 when the Portuguese set on epic voyages that made them the first to discover the ocean routes to India, Brazil, China, and Japan. They also established settlements on the coasts of Africa. This helped Portugal’s economy and its population grew to nearly 1.7 million.

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Portugal's Coasts

Portugal's Coasts

This photo displays both Portugal's physical and human geography. Pictured is the city of Porto, which is located on the northwest coast of Portugal. The Atlantic Ocean borders Portugal, which is the main source for catching fish. Because of this, seafood has become a prominent ingredient in main dishes. The photo also exhibits the vibrant and unique architecture in Portugal, which makes tourists want to visit the country. The buildings are located on both flat and high lands. In addition, these coastal ports allow transportation by boat around the city’s coast.

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Portuguese folk dance: Vira Balseado

Portuguese folk dance: Vira Balseado

In this video, dancers are performing an interpretation of a folk dance called the Vira, which is a very popular dance in Portugal. As presented, several pairs of women and men form a circle that they dance around. The women wear a headscarf with a long dress or skirt. The men wear hats with dress pants and a button-up vest. The music mostly includes the accordion and acoustic guitar. This dance exhibits how music plays an important role in Portugal’s culture by bringing the people together.

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Places to See

Places to See

This website gives a strong insight of how life in Portugal came to be and what life is like now. Within this source, it provides detailed information on Portugal's culture, climate, food, education, government, holidays, and many more aspects of life in this country. Such a variety of information allows one to feel as if they're experiencing Portugal's lifestyle and culture for themselves. This source is extremely helpful in describing various points of interests in the country such as the Monument to Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos). This monument is dedicated to great Portuguese explorers from the 15th and 16th century. The monument's connection to the past is important as it is part of what shapes Portugal's culture.

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Deadly Fires in Portugal

Deadly Fires in Portugal

In this New York Times article, it describes the wildfires that occurred in Portugal and northern Spain in October of 2017. At least 35 people were killed and dozens were injured. The winds from a hurricane fanned hundreds of blazes in dense forests. The article also explains how these forest fires have been going on in Portugal because of the dry and warm climate during the summer. The country's deadliest fire occurred in June of 2017 and killed 64 people. This reveals how Portugal's weather and climates are having a negative effect on the people of Portugal and the country's environment.

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