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Modern archeology and research shows a Portuguese root to the Celts in Portugal and elsewhere.
Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories.
Romans first invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 219 BC.
The Carthaginians, Rome's adversary in the Punic Wars, were expelled from their coastal colonies.
The name of Portugal derives from the joined Romano-Celtic name Portus Cale.
The region was settled by Pre-Celts and Celts, giving origin to peoples like the Gallaeci, Lusitanians, Celtici and Cynetes, visited by Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks and Carthaginians, incorporated in the Roman Republic dominions as Lusitania and part of Gallaecia, after 45 BC until 298 AD.
During this period, today referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration, notably under royal patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator and King John II, with such notable voyages as Bartolomeu Dias' sailing beyond the Cape of Good Hope (1488), Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India (1497–98) and the European discovery of Brazil (1500).