André Álvares de Almada

André Álvares de Almada (fl. 16th and 17th centuries) was a Cape Verdean writer, trader and explorer of mestiço (mixed) descent.[1] He was one of the first recorded Cape Verdean writers in Cape Verdean history, in 1598, he was knighted as a Knight of the Order of Christ.[2]

André Álvares de Almada
BornSantiago, Cape Verde
Occupationwriter, captain, explorer

BiographyEdit

At the end of the 16th century, captain André Álvares de Almada is thought to had a mother of mixed descent, he was the son of captain Ciprião Álvares de Almada "noble of one of the main islands".

In 1578, he met with the Mali gold traders along the Gambia River.[3]

He written several historical annals of the Portuguese expansion, after exploring the interior of Guinea (the area today that is largely known as Guinea-Bissau), The Short Treatise of the Rivers of Guinea of Cape Verde between the Senegal River and Baixos de Santa Ana and All the Black Nations on the Coast and its Clothing, Arms, Weapons and Wars in 1594. It was later edited in 1733 and later edited by Diogo Kopke in 1841.[4] The work was about the important for the studies of the entire area between the Senegal River and Sierra Leone.[2][5]

Short treatise of the Rivers of Guinea of Cape VerdeEdit

The treatise was a classic for the knowledge of history of the regions of African peoples in West Africa. The Treaty between the Rivers of Guinea of Cape Verde between the Senegal River and Baixos de Santa Ana and All the Black Nations on the Coast and its Clothing, Arms, Weapons and Wars.

The text is a historic source characterizes with a narrative. This provides a rich material for consideration.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ André Álvares de Almada (R. de), toponym, Câmara Municipal do Porto (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ a b Treaty Between the Rivers of Guinea of Cape Verde Archived September 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, by André Álvares de Almada, enumerator: José Manuel Garcia, 2006
  3. ^ Wilks,Ivor. Wangara, Akan, and Portuguese in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (1997). Bakewell, Peter (ed.). Mines of Silver and Gold in the Americas. Aldershot: Variorum, Ashgate Publishing Limited. p. 28.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ ALMADA, André Alvares de. Tratado breve dos rios da Guiné do Cabo Verde, desde o Rio Sanagá até aos baixios de Sant’anna. Publicado por Diogo Kopke. Porto: Typographia Commercial Portuense, 1841
  5. ^ História de Portugal – Dicionário de Personalidades (History of Portugal: Dictionary of Personalities), coordinated by José Hermano Saraiva, QuidNovi, 2004

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