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While some political voices on Madeira are ‘whispering’ of the possibilities for an independent Madeira … it seems that a very small part of Madeira itself already is taking steps in that direction …

Principado do Ilhéu da PontinhaPrince D. Renato Barros, sovereign of the Principality of the Pontinha (Portuguese: Principado da Pontinha or Principado do Ilhéu da Pontinha), has formally announced the secession of the Principality from Portugal.

The Fort of Saint José is the headquarters of the Principality of the Pontinha, self-proclaimed country by Prince D. Renato Barros. The Fort of Saint José is located off the coast of the port of Funchal, capital of the Madeira Islands, an autonomous region of Portugal.

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 Barros, 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.

Currently the case is being analyzed by the international community, including the United Nations. Prince D. Renato Barros expects to obtain the rights of a country, including the 200 nautical miles.

Prince D. Renato Barros 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.

Source: Micronational Professional Registry


Filipe Vieira de Castro · December 2, 2007 at 10:43 pm

The principality of Pontinha is perhaps the country with the highest average IQ in the World, and therefore a very important scientific partner for any research institution around. This is why the Ship Reconstruction Laboratory at Texas A&M University has established formal relations with this young and promissing nation.

wisconsingirl · December 3, 2007 at 6:24 pm

who in the world is this prince Renato Barros?
I never heard of such royal entity,
anyone can explainQ?Q?Q?Q?Q?Q?Q?Q??Q

Vasco de Gama · February 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

It is, while romantic, of course utter bollocks. The goodly Prince is also selling aristocratic titles to ‘the principality’ for several thousand pounds, prior to Portugal agreeing to succession. I may also add that at less than 400 square meters, the principality of Pontinha is smaller than the average two bedroom apartment, has a declared population of four (presumably pigeons, the structures on the rock are ruins) and a GDP of…nil. The referred relations with Brasil may buy, possibly, a lifebelt or a few bags of cement to mend the tiny landing post. Anyone buying a “baronecy” or “lordship” should beware. I admire the con, but it’s utter nonsense.

Henrietta the Navigator. · May 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

Portugal should send in ONE soldier to take the “principality” back. What a load of rubbish! Does this idiot really think anyone is impressed?

smurf · May 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Yep I agree with Vasco de Gama very imaginative haha–but, on the other hand if he does manage recognition where else could you buy into a royal familly for a few thousand quid what a great idea??? vive pontinha!!

Ecoman · July 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

Whilst the Prince of Pontinha is obviously a little eccentric he is great fun to talk with. He may desire independence and would like to exercise his rights to a 200 mile exclusion zone around his ‘principality’ but he’s not shy of taking the electricity and access from the mainland. A fun guy who likes blowing his own trumpet.

Elizabeth II · December 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Sending my Prince Big Ears, with Camellia, to the Principality for a Diplomatic chat with Price “Thingy” over a glass of Madeira at the Molhe Restaurant (the only restaurant in the Principality) where Big Ears can also see one of the oldest English cranes, dating from 1845 at the bottom of the Principality steps. As the Principality is a piece of rock halfway along the harbour wall .. views of the French and German Navy can be spied upon.. as well as the Porto Santo Ferry. Perhaps we can exchange gifts .. a Bol de Mel for a piece of Brighton Rock..

Robert · March 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

We visited the Principality of the Pontinha recently and, I must say, we found border security almost non-existent. They was only one immigration official on duty and, in exchange for just a couple of euros, they overlooked the fact that we did not have our passports with us and granted us immediate leave to enter.

Should the Principality of the Pontinha ever build an international airport, the entire security of Europe could be compromised!

Príncipe D. Renato I · June 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

are all jealous. Portuguese politicians wanted it to be maybe get a lawyer to defend me from the robbers Portuguese politicians.
yet there was no one among the 15 million Portuguese Portuguese who are in the world to do a criminal proceeding against the prince. Prince is not to blame the king of Portugal has alienated the island and received money and not to blame for the current political and government leaders to attempt to steal and made death threats to reconquer the island.
or the Portuguese to save those who can, for tourists who visit me and consider me a lesser evil is ridiculous, since at least not when they are ridiculed on my island without having any information in Portugal on the rock in question and later still enjoy. But there is history as some idiots who visit me
Long live the Prince

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