This booklet is part of the Men-at Arms series by Osprey Publishing. A very concise work but full of information with illustrations by Gerry and Sam Embleton. The Portuguese Empire was the first in modern history and its narrative is just as interesting as that of Spain and England.. They were leaders in maritime exploration and had a vast and wealthy empire in and around the Indian Ocean. She has African, Indian, and Brazilian colonial possessions. Contains early drawings and paintings, detailed maps, photos of artifacts and fortresses ,and color plates of costume, arms, and armor.