Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Location of death: Alvor, Portugal
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitorio, Batalha, Portugal
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: King of Portugal, 1481-95
João II, the Perfect, King of Portugal, succeeded his father, Alphonso V, in August 1481. His first business was to curtail the overgrown power of his aristocracy; noteworthy incidents in the contest were the execution (1483) of the duke of Bragança for correspondence with Castile, and the murder, by the king's own hand, of the youthful Duke of Viseu for conspiracy. This reign was signalized by Bartholomew Diaz's discovery of the Cape of Good Hope in 1488. Maritime rivalry led to disputes between Portugal and Castile until their claims were adjusted by the famous treaty of Tordesillas (June 7, 1494). João II died, without leaving male issue, in October 1495, and was succeeded by his brother-in-law Manuel I.
Father: Afonso V (King of Portugal)
Mother: Isabel of Coimbra
Portuguese Monarch 1481 to 25-Oct-1495
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