Has Portugal always been separate from Spain?

Portugal (as a separate kingdom) existed before spain, spain was created from the marital union of the king of Aragon and the queen of Castille, this new kingdom became Spain. Portugal did not get into a similar union hence they stayed an independent kingdom.

Which came first Spanish or Portuguese?

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.

Was there really a rivalry between Portugal and Spain?

The rivalry between Spain and Portugal in the “Age of Discovery” caused Spain, a rising power, to seek a new route to Asia like the one Portugal had found around the southern tip of Africa. This led Spain to be receptive to the claims of Christoper Columbus that he could get to India by sailing west.

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.

Why does Portuguese sound so weird?

As Portugal is isolated geographically from the Mediterranean it makes sense that linguistic memetic flow continued more readily among the other proto-Romance speaking countries during the Renaissance, leaving Portuguese to evolve more-or-less on its own. Thus, it sounds different from the other Romance languages.

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Has Spain and Portugal ever been one country?

Portugal (as a separate kingdom) existed before spain, spain was created from the marital union of the king of Aragon and the queen of Castille, this new kingdom became Spain. Portugal did not get into a similar union hence they stayed an independent kingdom.

What is the difference between Portugal and Spain?

The biggest geographic difference between Portugal and Spain is the size; Spain is around five times larger than Portugal. Both countries have Mediterranean climates, meaning they are generally temperate, with warm summers and mild winters.

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