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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João Nunes Correia

Pablo Cañón (European University Institute) Birth: 1543, Castro Daire, Death: 1625, Madrid Merchant Link to BRASILHIS database: http://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/joao-juan-nunes-correia-nunez-correa New Christian merchant of Portuguese origin. He developed his business mainly in the captaincy of Pernambuco (Brazil), where he acquired great political and social prestige. He was also often involved as a contractor, administering several of the commercial …
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Pero Rodrigues

Rodrigo F. Bonciani (Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana) Birth: 1542, Évora Jesuit, Provincial of Brazil (1594-1603) Link to BRASILHIS Database: https://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/pero-rodrigues-s Was born in Evora, in the year 1542. He joined the Society of Jesus in his hometown at the age of 14. In the same college where he studied, he was professor of Humanities …
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Elias Herckmans

Pablo Magalhães (Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia) Birth: 1596, Amsterdam Death: 1644, Recife Soldier, writer and administrator Link to BRASILHIS Database: https://brasilhis.usal.es/es/personaje/eliaselijas-herckmansharkmans Was a Dutch soldier, writer and administrator who worked in Dutch Brazil between 1635 and 1644. He was born in Amsterdam, in the year 1596, but little is known about his early …
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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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