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The Most Serene House of Braganza

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In this project I will trace the descendants of Nuno Alvares Pereira.

Nuno Álvares Pereira was born in Flor da Rosa, near Crato, central Portugal. His father was Dom Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira, Prior of Crato and Iria Gonçalves do Carvalhal. His grandfather was Dom Gonçalo (Gonçalves) Pereira, 97th Archbishop of Braga (1326–1349). He descended from the oldest Portuguese and Galician nobility.

Nuno Álvares Pereira sired only one daughter by his marriage to Leonor de Alvim, Beatriz Pereira de Alvim, who was to become the wife of Afonso, Count of Barcelos (natural son of John I of Portugal) and first Duke of Braganza. Therefore, Nuno Álvares Pereira was, through the female line, the ancestor of the House of Braganza which became the Portuguese Royal House in the 17th century, ruling the Kingdom of Portugal (1640-1910), the Kingdom of Brazil (1815-1822) and the Empire of Brazil (1822-1889).

This project will trace the genealogy of the surname Pereira mainly in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, India, Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.