Portuguese (Portuguese português) is an Ibero-Romance language native to Portugal and Galicia. At the same time, it is the main language in Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Cape Verde and several other Asian (East Timor) and African (Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe) countries.
Portuguese is the sixth largest language by number of speakers (more than 200 million) and the most widely spoken language in South America (186 million, more than 51% of the total population). It spread during Portuguese colonization between the 15th and 16th centuries. As a legacy of the Portuguese Empire, which lasted between 1415 and 1999, it became the official language of several former Portuguese colonies. It is also the basis of many Creole languages, created by mixing Portuguese and indigenous languages. The science that studies Portuguese language, culture, and literature is called Lusitania.
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