The Parliamentary Regime – the First Wave of Modern Industrialization

Liberal governments promoted many agrarian, industrial and administrative reforms, and developed the transport system (namely installing a railway network, improving ports and building new roads). These measures allowed for a new wave of development, limited however, by the lack of capital, technology and know-how.


Bourse (1842), Oporto.
This building represents the economical power of the merchants of Oporto,
one of the social forces behind the liberal revolution in Portugal. (APH photo).



Ponte de D. Luís (1881-86), Oporto,
built during the wave of industrialisation
of the second half of the 19th century. (APH photo).



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