The British Ultimatum to Portugal. The British Prime Minister was the Marquis of Salisbury. It was caused by a clash regarding Portugal’s ambition to unite Angola to Mozambique (The Rose Colored Map) and British ambitions (pushed by Cecil Rhodes) to unite Cairo to the Cape with British rule. The incident which provoked the ultimatum took place on the Shire Valley in what today is Malawi. The ultimatum in which Portugal ceded, had enormous impact on Portugal’s public opinion. The fall of the monarchy in 1910 can be linked to this occasion.
The British Historical Society of Portugal is a Society with about 250 members and has as its object to recover, preserve and collate as much as possible of the history of the British in Portugal, and to promote interest in the History of Anglo-Portuguese relations.
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