Fall. The Portuguese Empire, like the British, French and German empires, was fatally damaged by the two world wars fought in the 20th century. These European powers were pressured by the Soviet Union and the United States and by independence movements inside the colonial territories.
How did Portugal lose that supremacy and to whom?
The Battle of Carracks Island in 1615 off the coast of Malacca, destroyed Portuguese naval power in the Southeast Indies leading to the loss of naval supremacy to the Dutch, in the crucial route between Goa and Macau.
Why did the Portuguese empire fall apart by 1500?
Portugal suffered through a civil war. … England conquered Portugal. The Portuguese trading empire fall apart by 1500 because Portugal was a small country with few resources.
Why did Spain and Portugal lose power?
If we are talking about power that stems from imperialism, Portugal and Spain truly began to lose their strength in the 1800s when most of their American colonies gained independence.
When was Portugal most powerful?
During the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal became a leading European power that ranked with England, France and Spain in terms of economic, political and cultural influence.