The Province of Estremadura is bounded on the west by the sea, on the north and east by Beira, and on the south by Alentejo. It is one hundred and twenty miles long, sixty broad, well watered, and fertile producing corn, wine, oil, millet ,pulse and fruits of all sorts, especially citrons, lemons, oranges, pomegranates, figs, dates and almonds. The principal places are, the city of Lisbon standing near the mouth of the river Tagus, which first became considerable in the reign of king Emmanuel. From that time it has been the capital of the kingdom ,the residence of its monarchs, the seat of he chief tribunals and offices of the metropolitan, a noble university and the recepticle of the richest merchandize of the East and West Indies. It situation (rising from the Tagus in the from of a crescent) renders its appearance at once delightful and superb: and it is deservedly accounted the greatest port in Europe, next to London and Amsterdam. The harbour is spacious and secure; and the city is guarded from any sudden attack towards the sea by forts; though they would make but a poor defence against ships of war.
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