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Page 220. " With this view I took shipping for Lisbon "
The Castle Sao Jorge overlooking Lisbon
Creative Commons AttributionThe Castle Sao Jorge overlooking Lisbon - Credit: Massimo Catarinella


Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. It was always a key trading port, being a convenient starting point for voyages across the Atlantic to the Americas.  By Defoe's time, the Portuguese Empire was on the wane, but Lisbon was still an important centre of world power.