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Battle of Évora


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The Battle of Évora (29 July 1808) saw an Imperial French division under Louis Henri Loison attack a combined Portuguese-Spanish force led by Francisco de Paula Leite de Sousa. Encountering Leite's smaller body of soldiers outside Évora, the French easily brushed them aside and went on to storm the town, which was held by poorly armed townsmen and militia. The French butchered the Portuguese defenders and brutally sacked the town. For savage actions like that at Évora, the hated Loison became known in Portugal as Maneta (One-Hand). The clash occurred during the Peninsular War, part of the Napoleonic Wars. Évora is located about 110 kilometres (68 mi) east of Lisbon.


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