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OLIVEIRA, Ricardo de. The empire’s metamorphoses and the problems of the Portuguese monarchy in the first half of 18th century. Varia hist. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.43, pp. 109-129. ISSN 0104-8775. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752010000100007.
During the first half of the 18th century, in various dimensions of the Portuguese world, operated a significant process of metamorphosis, both within the kingdom itself as the more general setting of the Empire. Lisbon, consolidated as caput regne, began to live a significant transformation. In the mind of several characters related to the administration of the monarchy was not certain that the axis of the Empire was located permanently in the complex Atlantic, on both sides of the ocean. This article aims to discuss some issues related to this phenomenon.
Keywords : Portuguese empire; dom John V; court; Lisbon.