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

Verbum volat, scriptum manet
Words fly away, writings remain (English)
Hino da Pontinha
Principality of the Pontinha's Location near Madeira Island.
Capital cityForte São José
Largest cityForte São José
Official language(s)Portuguese
DemonymPontinhense, Fortense
GovernmentContitutional Monarchy
- PrinceD. Renato III
Established9 Oct 1903 (foundation)
30 Nov 2007 (Secession)
Area claimed178 m² (1,916 ft²)
Population4 (2007)
undetermined (2014)
CurrencyEuro (€)
Time zoneUTC -1
National animalFish
Pontinha is under a Micronational Professional Registry

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 by Prince D. Renato III. The Forte São José 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, and with Porto Santo Island the only inhabited island. 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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Friendly relations

Macronational recognition

Micronational recognition

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