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Democracy was restored after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, ending the Portuguese Colonial War.
Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories.
The name of the city is from the Latin word for port or harbour, portus, but the second element of Portus Cale is the subject of numerous theories.
It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain.
A further theory is that Cale or Calle is a derivation of the Celtic word for port, like the Irish caladh or Scottish Gaelic cala.
These explanations however would require the pre-Roman language of the area to have been a branch of Q-Celtic, which is not generally accepted.
These were subsistence societies that, although they did not establish prosperous settlements, did form organized societies.
Neolithic Portugal experimented with domestication of herding animals, the raising of some cereal crops and fluvial or marine fishing.
The early history of Portugal is shared with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula located in South Western Europe.