In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Portugal played a strategic role in the international system of telegraph communications. British companies dominated the extensive global cable sector. The well-known submarine cable station at Carcavelos was inaugurated in 1870 and provided undersea cable connections linking Portugal to the global telegraph network. The British presence left a cultural imprint on Carcavelos that continues until today. But there was another important cable station in Portugal, in Horta, Faial, the Azores. Indeed, Horta was, for a time, one of the principal centres for cable communications in the world. British companies played a major role in the establishment and in the operations of the Horta hub.
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