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Victory over the Muslims at Ourique is seen as the moment of Portugal's independence from the kingdom of Leon       
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Alfonso I takes Lisbon from the Muslims, with the unexpected help of some passing English crusaders      
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Gilbert of Hastings, an English priest, becomes bishop of the recovered see of Lisbon - the first of many such links between England and Portugal      
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The victory at Aljubarrota, securing the Portuguese throne for John I, is commemorated in the Dominican abbey called Batalha       
The abbey of Batalha
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John I, newly victorious in Portugal, proposes an alliance with England which has never been revoked      
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A Portuguese prince, Henry the Navigator, becomes fascinated by exploration down the coast of Africa and commissions successive voyages      
c. 1420
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The Portuguese, discovering the lush and uninhabited island of Madeira, send colonists to settle it      
c. 1427
A Portuguese captain, sailing for Henry the Navigator, chances upon the Azores       
Portuguese settlers are sent to the unoccupied islands of the Azores      
Portugal claims ownership of the region of Guinea, subsequently the centre of their slave trade on the west African coast