About Francisco José de Lacerda e Almeida
Dr Francisco José Maria de Lacerda (died 18 October 1798) was a Portuguese explorer in the 18th century. He led an expedition to the Kazembe region of Zambia in 1798. After his death on this mission, the group was led by Francisco Pinto.
Nascido em São Paulo, em 1753, Francisco José de Lacerda e Almeida foi um dos maiores viajantes exploradores do século XVIII. Percorreu a América do Sul, por caminhos fluviais, entre Belém e São Paulo e, mais tarde, a Zambézia, na África.
Origem: Instituto Hidográfico da Marinha - Portugal PT:
Capitão-de-fragata. Geógrafo distinto, formou-se em Matemática na Universidade de Coimbra e foi lente da Academia Real dos Guarda-Marinhas.
Em 1798 efectuou uma tentativa de travessia da costa oriental de África à contra-costa de Angola, meio século antes de Livingstone, falecendo no decurso desta expedição.
Lacerda y Almeida, Francisco Jose de (ther'-lah-dah), Brazilian scholar, born in S. Paul about 1750, died in Lunda, Africa, about 1798. He was graduated in mathematics in Coimbra in 1777, and was appointed a member of the commission to settle the question of boundaries with Spain in America. He ascended the Rio Negro to Marabitanas, and Afterward Amazon and Madeira rivers, struggling with many difficulties, and the walls being attacked by Indians, by whom he was dangerously wounded. He Reached Matto Grosso on February 28, 1782, and immediately began the explorations of the Guapore and other rivers which are its tributaries. In 1786, accompanied by other scientific men, he explored Paraguay river and all its tributaries and lakes, reaching Albuquerque on July 19. He returned to S. Paul, January 10, 1789, after other explorations, and while he was there preparing for the publication of his "Diario" an order came from Lisbon calling him to que city, where he landed, September 21, 1790. He presented to the academy his journal and several maps and was elected a member. Afterward he continued his work, Which was highly praised, and the minister of the colonies sent him in 1797 to Mozambique on an exploring expedition across the continent of Africa, where he fell a victim to the climate. His assistant saved his notes and papers, Which were published by his nephew.
Origem: A ilustração em Portugal e no Brasil PT:
VIAGENS & EXPEDIÇÕES - Francisco José de Lacerda e Almeida. Filho do capitão português José António de Lacerda e da luso-brasileira de Itu, D. Francisca de Almeida Pais, Francisco José de Lacerda e Almeida nasceu em São Paulo, por volta de 1753. Não se sabe onde fez seus primeiros estudos e nem em que data teria deixado a casa paterna. Entre os anos de 1771 e 1772, Lacerda e Almeida matriculou-se na Universidade de Coimbra, onde fez os cursos de Matemática e de Filosofia. Em 1777, aos vinte e quatro anos, recebeu o grau de doutor em Matemática.