PONTINHA ISLAND PRINCIPALITY

by His Majesty, S.A.R., Dom Renato

 

In the Atlantic archipelago of Madeira, there are several islands and islets, which includes the Pontinha and the island of Porto Santo was the first to be discovered by navigators João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristan da Silva, in 1418, knights in the service of Portuguese prince Dom Henrique, which would initiate the maritime diaspora Portugal.

 

The following year, in 1419, came the Portuguese, led by João Gonçalves Zarco, assail the island of Madeira.

 

Before stepping on the land of Madeira, João Gonçalves Zarco would use the islet of Pontinha a few 70 meters from the island of Madeira, there to save a quarantine period of a few days in order to, safely address the main island.

 

João Gonçalves Zarco, besides being a discoverer, was also the inhabitant of the island of Madeira, he began thus a safety measure that would last until very late, which is why there was a fortification built in the seventeenth century.

 

The fort of St. José, named in honour of the then King of Portugal Dom José I, is thus built on the islet of Pontinha, which includes the islands of Madeira and the geostrategic importance of this geographical location was so great that Pope Leo, by his bull "Pro excellenti" ordered the transfer of the spiritual jurisdiction of the Templar capital city of Tomar, to Madeira. This jurisdiction encompassed all the territories discovered and to be discovered by the Portuguese, and went from west Africa and eastern Brazil and Asia.

 

The first Bishop Primacy Dom Diogo, would give his name to the islet of Pontinha that came to be charted as islet Dom Diogo.

 

Later the son of the King of Congo, Dom Henrique, would also be there a bishop, attesting to the importance that Madeira had in the international context.

 

In 1776, a Royal provision states that the islet is to be connected artificially to the island of Madeira. The fort built there would from then on be called Fort S. José. On the tip of the islet there would be built, carved in the rock, one berth for the Empress of Brazil to land there.

 

In 1903, the King of Portugal Dom Carlos I, sold ownership of Forte S. José, as well as its  dominion, to individuals, including English families.

 

With this action, the King of Portugal legitimized by its own Constitutional Charter then in force, the Portuguese sovereignty alienated the islet of Pontinha, since the sovereignty, then sold, it is under public international law, the dominion, ie: the sovereign possession of a territory. The Monarchist Portuguese Constitution in force at that time did not prevent that sale, as has always happened throughout the history of Portugal.

 

So the sale of property and dominion was in the light of the Portuguese constitution of the time, legitimate, legal and constitutional.

 

In 2000, the English family owner and lady of the dominion of Pontinha the islet transmitted by sale or fort ownership through public deed or the dominion on this territory, the islet of Pontinha, upon delivery of the charter of gift Carlos I, 1903, the Archbishop Renato Barros, Portuguese citizen, arts teacher, became the new owner and Sovereign Lord of the islet.

 

In 2007, Archbishop Renato Barros proclaims the self-determination of their islet, after the Portuguese State has recognized the Royal Charter as an official document, authentic and legitimate the penultimate King of Portugal.

 

It is only left for the Portuguese State to take the next step in the light of public international law, proceeding to the recognition of the sovereignty of that territory, the islet of Pontinha and fortense nationality attributed to subjects of Dom Renato.

 

The independent territory of the Pontinha islet is at present the international headquarters of the Priory Magistracy for Portuguese-speaking countries of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of St. Bernard, with links to OSMTH Regency, which has 1,500 riders across Europe, Israel, Africa and Brazil.

 

The Pontinha independent islet account in its iconography with a triangle and a square cut into the rock and whose esoteric meaning only some reach. It is known that Brazil's discoverer, Pedro Alvares Cabral called the land "Terra de Vera Cruz" in latin, meaning "Land of the True Cross" in current Portuguese, and legend has it that the first nine Templars, of which two were Portuguese, found the grail, and brought it to Europe, to Portugal whose name is a corruption of the Latin, grail port.

 

It is also known that João Gonçalves Zarco, discoverer and settler of Madeira was a close relative of Christopher Colon, the discoverer of America, which in fact, called Salvador Fernandes Zarco.

 

The Zarcos would have had the task of guarding the wood of the Grail: it is assumed that the cross nails themselves where Christ was nailed; which would explain the discovery of the crucifixion nails in the islet of Pontinha.

 

Pedro Alvares Cabral (magnificently sung in the twentieth century by Rita Lee, the sound of the guitar of João Gilberto, in tune "with Brazil S"), upon departure to Brazil had contributed in the islet and transported with the True Cross for Brazil.

 

So the islet of Pontinha and later his fort S. José played a key role in the Portuguese globalisation because it was from here, this small territory, which initiated the Portuguese Discoveries, however dilapidated by successive generations of Luso, the culminating in the "famous" "exemplary decolonisation"...

 

The islet of Pontinha has thus and undeniably a fundamental historical significance and justified high tourist interest, expressed in thousands of annual visits of tourists to the independent territory.

 

The Dream of the Principality (come true) and Liberty (real and not apparent) is a reference, say a "case study" in terms of balanced public management, since - like China - is the only sovereign state without any public debt.

 

Hence his subjects do not have to pay taxes...

 

As it is, HRH Dom Renato, has on hand a proposal  to create the installing commission of the Royal University of Principality, taking, of course, in their study plan the course "Management of a Country" as a contribution "urbi et orbi" for the new global elite generations who want to "make the leap" in the face of widespread incompetence worldwide, with regard to the management of public funds in their countries.

 

In "Message" of the great Portuguese poet of the twentieth century, named Fernando Pessoa: "God wants, Man dreams, the work is born..." The "sovereign dream" of Dom Renato, by God's will, gave birth to the Principality regardless of the islet of Pontinha, aka, Principality of Pontinha.

 

 

Personal audience with His Royal Highness Dom Renato,   must be requested and scheduled by e-mail.