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The Algarve was conquered from the Moors in 1249, and in 1255 Lisbon became the capital.
Portugal's land boundaries have remained almost unchanged since the 13th century.
These included the Kingdom of the Suebi centred at Braga and the Visigothic Kingdom in the south.The new government instituted sweeping democratic reforms and granted independence to all of Portugal's African colonies in 1975.Portugal is a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).(Portucale, Portugale, Portugalia) The Kingdom of Asturias was later divided so that northern "Portugal" became part of the Kingdom of León.As a vassal of the Kingdom of León, Portugal grew in power and territory and occasionally gained de facto independence during weak Leonese reigns.