«The conquest and destruction of Anafé (Casablanca) by the infant D. Fernando (1468) – Considerations about a little-known amphibious operation» is the title of the new work of the Algarve historian Fernando Pessanha.
Originally published in vol. 19 of the Revista de História da Sociedade e da Cultura, from the University of Coimbra, this work is now released on reprint by Editora Guadiana, from Vila Real de Santo António.
According to the author, senior technician at the Municipal Historical Archive António Rosa Mendes / VRSA and a researcher at the Iberian Military History Association, the idea of publishing this study arose on the occasion of the 550 years of a little-known episode in the History of Portugal, that is, conquest and destruction of Anafé, now Casablanca, by the infant D. Fernando, in 1468.
"After giving the respective conferences at the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve and at the Municipal Museum of Faro, in 2018, in order to mark this little-known event in the History of Portuguese Expansion, I considered that it would be pertinent to give the research to the print, in order making it reach more people. It was in this sense that the Revista de História da Sociedade e da Cultura, from the University of Coimbra, published this work after being subjected to the traditional scientific arbitration process ", said the historian.
According to the presentation note by Vítor Gaspar Rodrigues, professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, Fernando Pessanha, author of several other studies on military themes, highlights in this work the importance of naval war in the set of military practices developed by the Portuguese in North Africa and, in particular, the role of amphibious operations in affirming the Portuguese presence in the region.
"Focusing his analysis on a case study of an operation of this type – the attack and destruction of the coastal city of Anafé in 1468 by the forces of Infante D. Fernando, brother of D. Afonso V – Fernando Pessanha makes known to us not only the reasons behind the launch of the operation, but also the methodical nature and careful planning used in this type of naval actions responsible for the success of most of these companies, a fact that explains why they were later transposed to the Indian Ocean with great success ", he says.