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The conquest of Cueta on August 21, 1415 started the era of Portuguese expansion throughout the world.
The conquest of Cueta on August 21, 1415 started the era of Portuguese expansion throughout the world. The reasons leading up to this event were complex, ranging from strategic-military to economic. The prestige desired by Dom João I and his sons and the new nobility; the war against the infidels reviving the ideals of the Crusades and reconquest; the interest in intercepting gold on its way to the town and the pillage inherent in conquest; the control of a strategic position between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic; the fight against piracy and support for Portuguese corsair activity – these were some of the reasons for an era of expansion that would later bring disastrous consequences.
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