The Press and Portuguese-British Relations at the Time of the British «Ultimatum»

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On 11 January 1890, a small Portuguese military column received an order to leave the Makololos territory in Upper Zambezi. The Portuguese forces did not retreat and on the same day the British envoy in Lisbon conveyed an ‘ultimatum’ to the government led by José Luciano de Castro. The Portuguese press covered all this at a frantic pace, encouraging the emergence of a nationalist, anti-British surge, consolidated in public opinion. In parallel, British newspapers promoted a strong campaign against the alleged Portuguese rights. Chapter 5 reveals how the British ‘ultimatum’ and the uproar it provoked in public opinion acted as a significant but inconclusive step in the construction of the modern Portuguese colonial project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia and the Portuguese Empire
EditorsJosé Luís Garcia, Chandrika Kaul, Filipa Subtil , Alexandra Santos
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-61791-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of the Media


  • Portugal
  • Império
  • «Ultimatum»


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