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About Gonçalo Aires Ferreira

Gonçalo Aires Ferreira (Paços de Ferreira, Porto, 1407 -- Santa Clara, Funchal, Madeira, ?)

Natural de Paços de Ferreira, era filho de Gomes Martins Ferreira, senhor da Quinta de Cavaleiros e morgado dos Cavaleiros, do Porto, e de D. Isabel Pereira de Lacerda.

Companheiro de João Gonçalves Zarco, em 1418 participou no descobrimento da ilha da Madeira. Ali, deu o seu nome a uma ribeira, que explorou. É-lhe atribuída a autoria do Descobrimento da Ilha da Madeira, que serviria de base a Gaspar Frutuoso para escrever um dos volumes da obra Saudades da Terra. Foi pai das primeiras crianças que nasceram na ilha, os gémeos Adão e Eva, que se ligariam a algumas das principais famílias da Madeira e de Porto Santo.

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Gonçalo Aires Ferreira, who had accompanied João Gonçalves Zarco on his voyage when Madeira was discovered in 1420, was the father of the first children to be born on Madeira. The children, twins, were born in 1425 and were appropriately named Adam and Eve.

In 1470, a small chapel was built by the twins on a ridge in the mountainside rising behind Funchal. It is believed that this chapel served a small community that was farming the surrounding land.

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Gonçalo Aires Ferreira's Timeline

1407
1407
Paços de Ferreira, Porto, Portugal
1440
1440
Age 33
1440
Age 33
1440
Age 33
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
1440
Age 33
Portugal
1450
1450
Age 43
Madeira, Portugal
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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal