Timeline of Portuguese history (First Dynasty)

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This is a historical timeline of Portugal.

First Dynasty: House of Borgonha

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Siege of Tomar</span> 1190 siege of a Portuguese town

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Portugal in the <i>Reconquista</i>

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