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When people outside the Netherlands speak about their country, they usually refer to it as Holland. Although it’s formal title is the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, it’s most commonly known as ‘the Hollandsche Republiek’. In the language of Portugal, this term is pronounced “neew-ay.”

Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, and Brazil are all Portuguese-speaking countries. There are approximately 250 million native Portuguese speakers in the country. Another 24 million speak Portuguese as a second language. The total population of Portuguese-speaking countries is 274 million. Holanda is Dutch-Portuguese, which is pronounced ‘ho-lay-nay-ee-doh-doh-lah-dah-so-yo-doh-ee-doh-di-po-lay-doh-sa-nay’.

In the sixteenth century, the Dutch had a significant interest in the Spice Islands. Their Spanish colonists had discovered the country through trade and were keen to exploit its resources. Dutch merchants, on the other hand, used the Spice Islands as a base to trade with the kings of Europe. In 1592, an English fleet captured a Portuguese carrack – the Madre de Deus – off the Azores. The cargo was valued at half a million pounds and galvanised interest in the East.

Portugal’s claim replicates the entire territory between Noel Bilomi and Noel Meto. Although the Netherlands rejected this claim, it has been argued that this is in line with equity. The Portuguese Republic will receive more land than the theoretical line A C. Portugal consented to this line in 1904 before the start of land exploration, and will now get a much greater share than it was expected.

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