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The Spanish nationalist party VOX released a poster alluding to the Day of Hispanity, which was marked on Tuesday, in which the Portuguese territory is part of Spain, as are the former Portuguese colonies.

“Spain has a lot to celebrate and nothing to regret. On a day like today, 529 years ago, Columbus discovered America and began Hispanity, the greatest work of twinning carried out by a people in universal history,” says the party in message that accompanies the image posted on social networks.

In the center of the image is a map that marks old Spanish crown possessions around the world in red. including Portugal, all of Latin America, much of North America and the African coasts of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, including what it is today Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, among other countries.

At the top, a flag with Portuguese arms, beside the Spanish royal Philippine shield, during the 60-year period of Portugal’s annexation by Spain (1580-1640), in which Portuguese arms were part of the coat of arms of the Spanish crown.

In several South American countries, the date was marked by marches of indigenous peoples, with which various political parties and some heads of state sympathized.

The Hispanity Day, a national holiday in Spain, marks the arrival, on October 12, 1492, of an expedition led by Christopher Columbus to Guanani Island, in the Bahamas archipelago, considered the first contact between Europe and America, a few years ago before the arrival of Pedro Álvares Cabral in Brazil.

The Spanish holiday instituted by law 18/1987 symbolizes, according to the Official State Gazette, “the historic event in which Spain, about to complete a process of State building based on our cultural and political plurality, and integration of the Kingdoms of Spain under the same monarchy, begins a period of linguistic and cultural projection beyond European boundaries”.

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