António de Araújo e Azevedo, 1st Count of Barca
The Count of Barca
|Born||14 May 1754
Ponte de Lima, Kingdom of Portugal
|Died||21 July 1817
Rio de Janeiro, United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves
He was first minister of John VI of Portugal, whom he followed when the Portuguese Court was transferred to the colony of Brazil in 1807. There he was minister of the navy and of foreign affairs, and took great interest in promoting education and industry, having established the manufacture of porcelain in Rio de Janeiro.
He conducted scientific studies and experiments in his own palace and private botanical garden, as well as the first trials for the acclimatization and culture of the tea-plant in Brazil. Later in life, he was the founder of Brazil's first school of fine arts.
- Various authors, Enciclopédia Luso-Brasileira, vol. 4. Lisboa, 1965.