Portrait of Manuel I (1469-1521), King of Portugal and the Algarves (1495-1521)
Manuel I of Portugal (Dom Manuel o Afortunado; 31 May 1469 – 13 December 1521), King of Portugal and the Algarves, was the son of Ferdinand, Duke of Viseu, by his wife, the Infanta Beatrice of Portugal. His name is associated with a period of Portuguese civilization that was distinguished by significant achievements both in political affairs and the arts. In spite of its small size and population in comparison to the great land powers of Europe, Portugal, during Manuel's reign, was able to acquire an overseas empire of vast proportions, the first in world history to reach global dimensions.
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