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Democracy was restored after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, ending the Portuguese Colonial War.
Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories.
The Pre-Celts, Celts, Carthaginians and Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigoths and Suebi Germanic peoples.
Portugal as a country was established in the aftermath of the Christian Reconquista against the Muslim Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD.
Although historically a Catholic-majority country, in the last decades Portugal has transformed itself into a secular state with one of the world's highest rates of moral freedom.
Portugal monopolized the spice trade during this time, and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia.
Romans first invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 219 BC.
The Carthaginians, Rome's adversary in the Punic Wars, were expelled from their coastal colonies.
The region of present-day Portugal was inhabited by Neanderthals and then by Homo sapiens, who roamed the border-less region of the northern Iberian peninsula.
These were subsistence societies that, although they did not establish prosperous settlements, did form organized societies.