Fernão Dias

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Fernão Dias Pais
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Statue of Fernão Dias Pais, Museu Paulista
Born 1608
São Paulo
Died 1681
Nationality Portuguese
Occupation Explorer
Known for Exploration of the interior of South America.

Fernão Dias Pais (1608–1681) or Fernão Dias Pais Leme was a frontiersman from São Paulo. He was known as the "Emerald Hunter" and was one of the most prominent bandeirantes together with Antônio Raposo Tavares.

He is the great-great-grandfather of the Saint Frei Galvão.

The Casa Fernão Dias, run by the Sumidouro State Park, is in the Quinta do Sumidouro district of Pedro Leopoldo, Minas Gerais. It is listed by the State Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IEPHA) as a cultural heritage monument. The exhibits tell the history of Fernão Dias, who spent several years in the region with his followers in search of gold and precious stones.[1]