Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen

Bruno Miranda (Universidade de Pernambuco) Born in Dillenburg (Germany) in the Holy Roman Empire in 1604, Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen was the firstborn son of the marriage of Johan VII van Nassau-Siegen (1561-1623) to Margaretha van Holstein (1583-1658). In turn, Johan VII was the son of Johan VI van Nassau-Dillenburg (1535-1606), brother of Willem I …
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Antônio Paraupaba

Bruno Miranda (Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco) Date of Birth: 1595, Captaincy of Paraíba Date of Death: 1656, Netherlands Indian interpreter and mediator between 1631 and 1644. Regent and captain of the Indians of Rio Grande (1645-1649) and of Brazil (1649-1654). Link to BRASILHIS Database: https://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/antonio-paraupaba A Potyguara from the indigenous land of Tabussuram, located …
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Diego Flores de Valdés

Sylvia Brito (Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil) Date of birth: 1530, Asturias Date of death: 1595 Capitan-general, Navigator of the Spanish Armada Link to BRASIL database: https://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/diego-flores-de-valdes Captain General Diego Flores de Valdés was one of the most prominent and experienced navigators of the Spanish navy, with over thirty years of service to the Crown. A noble …
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Jorge Mascarenhas, 1º Viceroy of Brazil

Ana Paula Megiani (Universidade de São Paulo) Date of Birth: 1579? Date of Death: 1652 Iº Count of Castelo Novo Iº Marquis of Montalvão Iº Viceroy of Brasil (1639-1641) The year of Jorge de Mascarenhas’ birth is uncertain, some claim to have been in 1570, others in 1585, or even in 1579, as indicated by …
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Manoel da Paz

Pablo Cañón (European University Institute) Date of birth: Olinda, 1580 Date of death: Madrid, 1640. Merchant. Link to BRASILHIS Database: http://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/manoel-da-paz-manuel-de-paz Merchant of Portuguese origin. He developed his business in both Asia and Brazil, using his accumulated capital to become involved in the affairs of the Crown of Castile. In this way, he became one of …
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Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa

Sylvia Brito (Biblioteca Nacional de Brasil) Date of birth: 1530, España Cosmographer, navigator and governor of the lands of the Estrecho de Magallanes, author of “Viage al Estrecho de Magallanes em los años de 1579-1580 y noticia de la expedicion que despues hizo para poblarle” Link to BRASILHIS Database: https://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/pedro-sarmiento-de-gamboa Named “governor of the lands of …
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Customs tithes (Taxes)

Helena Trindade de Sá, Universidade Federal do Estado de Rio de Janeiro Since the Middle Ages, it was foreseen in feudal relations that vassals had the obligation to provide material and military aid to the lord, thus constituting the first approximation to taxation in modern times (AIDAR,2020:446). The process is related to a structural change …
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Juana Catalina Ramírez de Ugarte

José Carlos Vilardaga (Universidade Federal de São Paulo) Date of birth: around 1610 “Creole” wife of Salvador Correá de Sá e Benavides, son of Martim Correa de Sá and grandson of Salvador Correa de Sá, o velho, governors of the captaincy of Rio de Janeiro. Link to BRASILHIS Database: https://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/juana-catalina-ramirez-de-velasco-ugarte Catalina Ramírez de Velasco Ugarte …
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Manuel Vandale (Van Dale)

Irene Vicente Martín (European University Institute) & José Carlos Vilardaga (Universidade Federal de São Paulo) Date of birth: second half of the 16th century Date of death: first half of the 17th century Dutch merchant who visited Portuguese America on several occasions. His activity took place mostly in São Vicente, where he acted as merchant, …
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