A 1592 engraving shows boats leaving Lisbon for Portugal’s colonies. Photo: Getty Images A 1592 engraving shows boats leaving Lisbon for Portugal’s colonies. Photo: Getty Images
A 1592 engraving shows boats leaving Lisbon for Portugal’s colonies. Photo: Getty Images
Jason Wordie
Opinion

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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Busting the myth of Portugal’s ‘benign’ colonial influence in Asia

  • Portuguese dictator Antonio Salazar propagated the idea that Portugal was a ‘different’ colonial power with amiable relations with local populations
  • He cited the extent of interracial marriage and cultural intermingling as evidence for this, but the truth is rather different.

A 1592 engraving shows boats leaving Lisbon for Portugal’s colonies. Photo: Getty Images A 1592 engraving shows boats leaving Lisbon for Portugal’s colonies. Photo: Getty Images
A 1592 engraving shows boats leaving Lisbon for Portugal’s colonies. Photo: Getty Images
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