José Joaquim Champalimaud
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He was son of a lieutenant colonel Paulo José Champalimaud de Nussane (engineer of Praça de Valença) and Clara Maria de Sousa Lyra e Castra, originated from the parish Ferreira, the municipality of Paredes de Coura.
Born in 1771, José Joaquim enlisted, still a child, in the 21st Infantry Regiment, who manned Valença. At nineteen years he became a cadet in Porto. In 1791 he was already an officer, and the following year he was promoted to second lieutenant and assigned to the Companhia de Brulotes da Marinha.
Promoted to captain (1797), was placed again in the 21st Infantry Regiment. He directed the works of fortification in Minho and made the campaign of 1801, resigning in 1807, when Junot entered the country, not wanting to serve in foreign armed forces.
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