Fernando de Mascarenhas

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Fernando de Mascarenhas
Personal details
Bornc. 1610
Died9 August 1651
Lisbon, Portugal

Fernando de Mascarenhas, the first Count of the Tower, (c. 1610 – 9 August 1651) was a military and colonial administrator and held the position of Portuguese governor-general of Brazil from January 20 of 1639 to November 20, 1639, appointed by King Philip III.[1][2]

Naval History / Military Service[edit]

Captain Mascarenhas participated in the naval battle of the Action of 12–17 January 1640, leading 41 vessels in battle against the Dutch fleet led by Willem Loos. He mostly fought on behalf of the Spanish/Portuguese alliance. He died in Lisbon.


  • His recent descendant is still the Marquis.[3]


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  2. ^ Mosaics of Meaning Studies in ... - Google Books. Books.google.com. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  3. ^ "Brazilian Royals". The Royal Forums. Retrieved 2011-08-10.