The history of Spanish, and of Portuguese, starts with the Romans bringing Latin to the peninsula when they conquered it in the 3rd century BC. Latin was the dominant language there for around 600 years, but during this time the language itself evolved and changed.
Which was first Portuguese or Spanish?
Portuguese was first created in the area around Madrid or La Mancha in south central Spain. Portuguese than gave birth to Galician, a daughter dialect like language spoken north of the Portuguese border in Northwest Spain. Spanish & Portuguese were created at the exact same time.
Is Portugal older than Spain?
The union of the crowns of Castille and Aragon in 1469 and the finalized ‘reconquista’ of the Spanish territory from the muslim rulers of Granada in 1492 mark the beginning of Spain. Yes, Portugal is the country with the oldest frontiers defined of Europe.
When did Portuguese separate from Spanish?
After the 16th century, Portugal gradually saw its wealth and influence decrease. Portugal was officially an autonomous state, but in actuality, the country was in a personal union with the Spanish crown from 1580 to 1640.
Can a Portuguese person understand Spanish?
Originally Answered: Can Portuguese speakers naturally understand Spanish? Yes, they can. The Portuguese understand Spanish quite well, even if they have not studied it. When I had not yet learned Portuguese, when I visited this country I spoke Spanish and I had no problem.
Is Spanish older than English?
So we’ve established that English has been written for a long time, and while it gets more and more difficult to understand, the further back we go, as a written language it’s probably older than Spanish. Spanish, on the other hand, hasn’t been written as long as English.
Is Portuguese like Spanish?
Yes, Portuguese and Spanish are the most alike languages.
As you probably know, Spanish and Portuguese are both Ibero-Romance languages that developed on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain and Portugal occupy the unique geographic layout of the Iberian Peninsula.