When you think of large countries, Portugal is far from top of the list. In fact, it lands at number 109 in terms of size. But if an ambitious plan works, the country will be able to call itself the 16th largest country in the world, and it won’t require a single war or invasion.
In a Youtube video, RealLifeLore explains Portugal’s fight for more land, which goes as far back as 600 years ago. The country was one of the first to become a colonial nation, and it also was one of the last to leave colonialism behind. Its first colony was founded in 1415 when the Portuguese overthrew the Moors to start its first colony, Cuerta, and then expanded to control the spice trade around the Indian Ocean as well as control territory in modern day Brazil, China, and parts of Africa.