Vila de São Sebastião
, commonly shortened to São Sebastião
for Saint Sebastian
) is a civil parish in the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo
, on the island of Terceira
in the Portuguese
archipelago of the Azores
. In 2001, the population was less than 1984 inhabitants, in an area of land approximately 24.36 km² (a density of roughly 81 inhabitants per kilometre).
The history of the parish, is tied to the early settlement of Terceira. On year after, the Infante Henry the Navigator
signed a charter on 21 March 1450 in Silves
to pass the donatorio
of the island to the Flemish
nobleman Jacome de Bruges
. The nobleman made for Terceira, where he disembarked along the southeast shoreline of the island, in an area called Pesqueiro dos Meninos. But, as Francisco Ferreira Drummond later indicated, "that they established themselves a league away, on a vast and appreciable field, that they called Porta Alegre, constructing a small church to the invocation of Santa Ana, the first and only church on the island, where were annexed the chapels of Santo António do Porto Judeu and São Pedro da Ribeirinha...
". Drummond later added that these early settlers moved so far to avoid impending conflicts with Spain, in which Portugal was commonly active.
This areas was the oldest demographic centre by the time that Jácome de Bruges left Porta Alegre in 1456, in order to launch another settlement in Praia
. By this time a second place, Ribeira de Frei João was... Read More