Principality of the Pontinha

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Principality of the Pontinha
Principado da Pontinha (Pt)
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Official Flag
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Coat of Arms
Coat of arms
Motto: '''Verbum volat, scriptum manet
Words fly away, writings remain (English)
Anthem: Hino da Pontinha
Principality of the Pontinha's Location near Madeira Island.
Official languagesPortuguese
Demonym(s)Pontinhense, Fortense
GovernmentContitutional Monarchy
Establishment9 Oct 1903 (foundation)
30 Nov 2007 (Secession)
• Census
4 (2007)
undetermined (2014)
CurrencyEuro (€)
Time zoneUTC -1

The Principality of the Pontinha (Portuguese: Principado da Pontinha), also referred as Forte São José or simply Pontinha is a now-defunct Portuguese micronation and self-proclaimed country.

Founded by Prince Renato de Barros, the nation-state, on the Forte São José fortress islet, is located off the coast of the port of Funchal, capital of the Madeira Islands, an autonomous region of Portugal. The Principality is located about 70 meters off Madeira Island, the principal island of the archipelago. It has an area of about 178 Square Metres, or 1,916 square feet.



The history of the rock begins as early as 1 July 1419, when Portuguese sea captains João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, at the service of Prince Henry the Navigator, land on a rock, and carve steps and a shelter that can still be seen today. The history of the country, on the other hand, begins on 9 October 1903, when the then King D. Carlos I of Portugal, ancestor of D. Renato III, first Prince of the Pontinha, signed a Regal Letter (the original is kept in the Tower of London) that stated that the territory of the said Principality of the Pontinha, a rock where the Fort of Saint José is located (the building of the Principality), shall be sovereign.

The Principality Today

Currently the case is being analyzed by the international community, including the United Nations. Prince D. Renato III expects to obtain the rights of a country, including the 200 nautical miles by 2015 or 2016.

Prince D. Renato III states that he has good relations with the Brazilian Government, and if the Principality shall be recognized, it will be the door of entry to Europe. The Principality of the Pontinha is a member nation of the Micronational Professional Registry, an international and intermicronational professional registry.

On 30 November 2007, Prince D. Renato Barros formally announced the secession of the Principality from Portugal. [1]

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Macronational recognition

Micronational recognition

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