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King Sebastian I of Portugal
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    (January 20, 1554-August 4, 1578)
    Born in Lisbon, Portugal
    King of Portugal (1557-1578)
    Succeeded his grandfather, King John III of Portugal
    Nicknamed 'The Virgin King'
    He became king at the age of three.
    For most of his reign, regents ran the kingdom.
    He hated women (which probably explains the 'Virgin King' nickname).
    He organized a crusade against Morocco, despite a lack of support from the Pope, other nations, or even his own people.
    Morocco tried to dissuade him, but he went ahead with it anyway.
    The crusade was a complete disaster, and he was killed in battle.
    His death caused a succession crisis that eventually led to Spain taking over Portugal for 60 years.
    There's a legend that he'll return in Portugal's darkest moment to bring it back to its former glory. (Hello! Portugal lost its independence because of him!)
    Even though his remains were supposedly reclaimed and buried, some people believed he was still alive.
    Several impostors emerged, claiming to be him.
    He is the subject of a tragedy by John Dryden
    He opposed the enslavement of Brazilian Indians.
    He provided doctors and built hospitals during a plague.
    He provided credit to poor farmers and scholarships to students.
    He became a national icon in Portugal.

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