Porto Salvo, Queluz & the 43rd MLI
Well, this year, I decided to have a day for myself again and visit, again, something historical, beautiful and in relation to this blog.
My yesterday's journey began at the bus stop, where I was going to get the bus to Queluz, where the palace is and where, according to one theory, the treaty of Sintra was signed but another theory says it wasn't. I'll be posting more on that on the 2nd part of this blogpost. Anyways....
On page 106, at the chapter of the year 1808, it says:
What we can conclude from this text, is that the 43rd not only stayed in Oeiras (Porto Salvo is a parish from the Council of Oeiras, meaning “safe harbor”), but most likely also from the beginnings of August.
The Sintra treaty was signed on August the 30th of 1808, the battle of Vimeiro was at the 21st and Wellington saw the need to protect Lisbon and it's surroundings, not only because it was the main harbor but also because the French threatened to destroy all the fortifications and leave the city burning.
About the fortifications, Oeiras was the town which protected the shoal line of the Tagus river and where most of the fortifications where. So, it is only logic to assume that British troops would be sent to protect the town. But that it would be the 43rd....
And now some pleasant pictures(all taken by me, while the bus was driving, don't forgett!)!
These were probably the scenaries that the 43rd would have seen whuile satying at Porto Salvo. Farmed fileds and windmills.
Chapel and it's quinta before the town of Porto Salvo.
These would have been the type of houses that would have been in Porto Salvo at the time of the French Invasions. You can still see the border walls of the quintas.
The church of Porto Salvo, that to me looks like a late 17th century cosntruction, but I don't know it's history.
One of the many quintas surroinding the town of Porto Salvo. This one is near the Gunpowder Factory of Bracarena. The creek you see would give water to the factory's mills.
A view of the Gunpowder factory of Barcarena. You don't see it, right? That's the point!!!
The 18th century aquaduct of the town of Queluz (belonging to the Sintra Council and not Oeiras anymore) and some of the old buildings.
A military building at the Queluz's royal palace. I don't know if it always has been a military building and if it has anything to do with the French Invasions. Perhaps I'll find that out one day.