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The most interesting family for me lived back in the beginning of the 1100s The level of bravery honor compassion love secretism and loyalty makes this fairy-tale story the foundation and becoming of Portugal It all began with the beginning of the Islamic religion Mohammed had began the Islamic religion and with its strong supporters began the conquering of most of Europe The Iberian Peninsula Portugal and Spain had been taken over by the Moors the Islamic people At the foot of the French border the Pope entrusted 2 noble French Knights to hold back the Moors and beginning of the Crusades In exchange for their loyalty the French king afraid of an invasion promises land and his 2 daughters in exchange for their protection To make an extremely long story shorter when the Moors were pressed to owning only the bottom half of the Iberian Peninsula the king kept his promise and handed his two daughters over to the 2 knights along with the promised land The father of the first Portuguese king Henriques in which we in Portuguese call D Henriques his majesty Henriques married Teresa which in Portuguese we call dona Teresa her lady Teresa Dona Teresas father D Afonso VI was as mentioned earlier the French king D Henriques the Portuguese Grandfather was given a piece of land he called Portucale In 1109 his wife gave birth to their only son and the father of Portugal D Afonso Henriques He took his fathers and grandfathers name In 1128 the young prince was made a knight dressing up like Napoleon Bonaparte who had already passed away a century before Datildeo Henriques was under a contract with his father-in-law D Henriques had to rule his kingdom under the rules of D Afonso VI His dream was to win his independence Afonso trusted his son with his dreams and many times took long horse rides after training his son to become a valiant
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