OF THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING WORLD
having installed 43 biographies on our site, in the Portuguese language,
VIDAS LUSÓFONAS (LIVES OF THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING WORLD) is now launching
its English Version. To us, the Internet is not simply a ship on which we
can navigate throughout the World. We also want the World to begin navigating on this particular
sea whose waters touch the many shores where the Portuguese language is spoken.
We estimate that the English Version
will grow at the rate of 1 or 2
biographies each month. We believe that, with this initiative, our
site will be increasingly visited by the descendants of the Portuguese Diaspora, wherever they may be. And,
we hope, by others as well...
It is our belief that historical
precision is not limited to the prose of a notary public nor to an entry
in an encyclopedia. In our
thinking, we can share our lives through important figures of our common
past, wherever they may have come from in the Portuguese-speaking world.
Here, we intend to tell the story of an endless number of
Portuguese-speaking people, regardless of nationality, who contributed
significantly to a human endeavor, to a country or to an era.
Each biography will observe historical accuracy mixed with a touch
of imagination by transposing the action to the present - the effect is
much greater when dealing with what is happening than with something that
happened long ago. Everything
is "now", a half-dozen pages for each figure, with the impact of
the short story; conciseness
is the word.
This site is not a History book.
It is, rather, a gallery of portraits recreated from clues handed
down to us by History. Plutarch
and Tacitus were the pioneers: each life has its own story. To which we add: and
everything is happening, now...
Navigator, 1476 (?) - 1520 (?)
Pioneer airman: 1881 - 1922
Navigator and Warrior, 1468 (?) - 1524