Portuguese Conquest of Arzila and Tanger, 1471

Note : Tanger is, in English literature, sometimes refered to as Tangiers. Two previous Portuguese attempts to take Tanger (1437, 1459) failed; between 1460 and 1464 the Portuguese temporarily held Tanger.
In 1471 King Afonso V. of Portugal, together with Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator), lead an expedition of 470 ships against the city of Arzila (August 22nd). After Portuguese cannon had destroyed the battlements, the city surrendered; the surrender was not accepted by the Portuguese, which fought their way into the city; the inhabitants of Tanger, terrified, surrendered without a fight. The territory conquered was called "Algarve beyond the Seas"; it was to remain Portuguese into the 17th century.

Conquesat of Arzila, from Battles of Portugal
Tanger, L'Epoque Portugaise
Tanger, from Historiske Slag, in Danish
Tanger, from arab.net
Articles John II of Portugal, Afonso V. of Portugal, from Wikipedia

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First posted on March 8th 2004, last revised on November 16th 2004

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