Francisco Adolfo de Varnhagen, Viscount of Porto Seguro

Francisco Adolfo De Varnhagen, Viscount Of Porto Seguro

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Francisco Adolfo de Varnhagen, Viscount of Porto Seguro (February 17, 1816June 26, 1878) was a Brazilian military, diplomat and historian. He is the patron of the 39th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.


Varnhagen was born in 1816 in a settlement of São Joao do Ipanema (current Varnhagen) that was part of Sorocaba and nowadays belongs to the city of Iperó, Brazil. He was son of Maria Flávia de Sá Magalhães and Friedrich Ludwig Wilhelm Varnhagen, a German-born military engineer. He received his primary education in Rio de Janeiro. At an early age, he was sent to Lisbon, where he studied at the Colégio Militar, and in the future, he would serve as a volunteer in the 1831-1834 Portuguese Liberal Wars.

His first History work would be Notícia do Brasil, written between 1835 and 1838. His research would lead him to find Pedro Álvares Cabral's long-lost grave at the Igreja da Graça, in Santarém. He was admitted at the Sciences Academy of Lisbon and graduated in military engineering at the Academia Real de Fortificação, Artilharia e Desenho.

He returned to Brazil in 1840, entering at the Brazilian Historic and Geographic Institute in 1841. In 1844 he obtained...
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