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An Account of the Portuguese African Empire, 1885–1975*

Pedro Lains ()

Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, 1998, vol. 16, issue 1, 235-263

Abstract: From the independence of Brazil in 1822 down to the independence of the African colonies in 1975, successive Portuguese governments became engaged in maintaining, enlarging, developing and, ultimately, in defending an empire in Africa. The literature on the Portuguese African empire is largely concerned with discussing the economic and political motives behind imperial policy1. Thus, the evaluation of the costs and benefits of the empire for the metropolitan economy —or, for that matter, the colonial economies— has not received much attention. This paper attempts to provide some of the evidence necessary to conduct such an evaluation2.

Date: 1998
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