The emperor, however, successfully gilded the hook by awarding Algarve, the southern province of Portugal, to Godoy.
Godoy, having the prospect of the Algarve before him, likewise offered no opposition to the advance of Napoleon's troops to the capital; and so it came about that Murat, named by Napoleon his Lieutenant in Spain, was able to enter Madrid in force and without opposition from that usually clannish populace.
Portugal was to be subsequently divided between Spain and France, and a new principality of the Algarve was to be carved out for Godoy.
In his reign Algarve became part of Portugal.
The Algarve and parts of Alemtejo might belong to North-West Africa rather than to Europe.