3 reasons why Portugal and Galicia


Ad Honorem
Oct 2015
Matosinhos Portugal
3 reasons why Portugal and Galicia should be a single country
There are many defenders that Portugal and Galicia should be one country. Know the reasons and reasons that justify this claim.


In portuguese

3 razões pelas quais Portugal e a Galiza deveriam ser um único país
São muitos os defensores que Portugal e a Galiza deveriam ser um único país. Conheça os motivos e as razões que justificam esta pretensão.


Portugal has a strong historical connection with Galicia, since the Kingdom of Portugal became an independent state in 1143 from the first-born Portucalense County, which was once part of the Kingdom of Galicia. At that time, the Portucalense County stretched from the Minho and Trás-os-Montes rivers to Coimbra and Viseu County. Visiting Galicia is like entering a country that is familiar to us, so many are the similarities between this region of Spain and Portugal.

However, after the separation between the Portucalense County and the Kingdom of Galicia, with the appearance of the Kingdom of Portugal, Galicia and Portugal followed completely different paths. The Kingdom of Galicia was abolished with time and fully incorporated into Spain in 1833, after a long process of Castilianization on a social, cultural and linguistic level.

However, even today, almost a millennium after the political separation between Portugal and Galicia, citizens on both sides of the border share a cultural identity. Above all, it should be noted that Portuguese and Galician are considered by some as sister languages, derived from Galician-Portuguese, also called archaic Portuguese; others regard them as two varieties of the same language.

But what are the reasons why Portugal and Galicia should be one country?

1. The history in common

Portugal and Galicia were, for centuries, part of the same Roman province, Galicia and later were part of the Suevo Kingdom. Galícia changed from being a Roman province to hosting a kingdom by the hands of the Suevi.

Galicia had much larger proportions than present-day Galicia, whose boundaries remained practically untouched until the twelfth century, when Portugal ceased to belong to Galicia and the Kingdom of León to have its own personality.

2. The same language

The Galician language comes from Galician-Portuguese, which expanded to the south along with the expansion of the Christian Reconquest overlapping the Mozarabic dialects, that is, the language spoken by Christians under Muslim rule. It was an autochthonous language north of the Douro River and a settlement language south of it. With the proclamation of Portugal as an independent state, Galicia was confined to the extreme northwest of the Iberian peninsula. Portugal and Galicia lost their communication / connection, with this independence, which would become crucial in terms of language.

Galicia for not being able to host the capital, Braga, would only be a regional variety of Castilian. The central-southern version of Galician (now Portuguese) established its capital in Lisbon in the middle of the thirteenth century, an establishment that had an irreversible impact in linguistic terms.

3. A thriving economy

We could define Portugaliza as a space with strong historical, geographical, economic, cultural and linguistic links, a space that encompasses Portugal and Galicia, which forms part of the Atlantic strip of the Iberian peninsula, with a population of 13 million and 700 thousand inhabitants and a GDP of 300,000,000.

Santiago de Compostela
The main cultural, political, economic and academic centers are Lisbon, which in the urban area between Setúbal and Torres Vedras, has about 3 million inhabitants, Porto, which in the urban area between Espinho, Gondomar and Vila do Conde counts about 1.5 million inhabitants, followed by A Coruña, Vigo, Braga, Coimbra, Santiago de Compostela, Leiria and Faro.

This great Atlantic front of the Peninsula, from A Coruña to Faro, could turn out to be an immense economic project, based on a unique, strong and homogeneous socio-cultural base of cultural and linguistic order, with enormous power of attraction at the service of the world community of the Lusophone countries.

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History talk is beautiful.