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Between the dream and the conquest: settlement and daily life of the Portuguese in North Africa (15th-16th centuries)

Author(s): Joana Bento Torres ; Luís Carlos Serrão Gil ; André P. S. D. Teixeira

Year: 2013

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The Portuguese presence in North Africa was materialized through the occupation of cities and fortresses along the coast, especially during the 15th and the first half of the 16th century. Traditional historiography has stressed the limited contact these strongholds held with their surrounding territory, underlining their highly military nature.                                   

In this paper we wish to re-evaluate this theory, mainly through the archaeological work we've been developing since 2008 in three old cities occupied by the Portuguese in Morocco: Ksar es-Seghir, Azemmour and Safi.

We will analyze structures such as fortifications, religious buildings or houses, and examine the material culture that has been identified during the archaeological research. The final purpose is to understand the daily life in those places and the Portuguese settlement strategies in North Africa.

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Between the dream and the conquest: settlement and daily life of the Portuguese in North Africa (15th-16th centuries). Joana Bento Torres, Luís Carlos Serrão Gil, André P. S. D. Teixeira. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428647)


Material Culture Morocco Portugal

Geographic Keywords
PORTUGAL Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
Early Modern Age

Spatial Coverage

min long: -28.549; min lat: 32.638 ; max long: -6.19; max lat: 42.151 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 471

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America