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HISPORTOS - a research project on portuguese seaports in the early modern age - séc.XV-XVIII
Coordinator - Amélia Apolónia; Inês Amorim
CESAM Responsible researcher - Filomena Cardoso; Fátima Alves
Programme - POCTI-HAR-36417-2000
Execution dates - 2002-01-01 - 2005-10-31 (46 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT
Proponent Institution - IHMUP - Instituto de História Moderna da Universidade do Porto
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

HISPORTOS is a project that includes the two research lines developed by the Institute of Modern History of the University of Oporto (IHM-UP): 1.Power and territorial planning; 2.Northwest portuguese seaport studies

It's main object of study are the Northwest portuguese seaports, from Caminha to Aveiro, acording this research plan:

. The geo-morphological features and their interaction with historical dynamics;

. The implantation and subsequent changes in seaport infrastructures

. The articulation between these port areas and the hinterland and vorland;

. The urban area organization;

. The application of technological innovations, associated with hydraulic engineering;

. The production of scientific knowledge of the territory (cartography, topography, hydrologic plans, ...)

These aims led to the constitution of a multidisciplinary team that includes historians, archaeologists, geographers, cartographers, engineers and architects. The team's propose is the development of a research methodology and data gathering that will allow to consider the study area from a pluridisciplinary point of view, and consequently consider all of its geo-morphological, historical and urban planning aspects.

Also foreseen are contacts with international research teams that develop parallel research projects, namely the CEHOUP (Centro de Estúdios Históricos de Obras Públicas e Urbanismo); the CRHMA (Centre de Recherche sur l'Histoire des Mondes Atlantiques), and the CEEA (Centre d'Études des Espaces Atlantiques).

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