Francisco de Lacerda

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Not to be confused with Francisco de Lacerda (1869-1934), a composer.

Dr Francisco José de Lacerda e Almeida (1753-18 October 1798) was a colonial Brazilian-born Portuguese explorer in the 18th century.

He was son of the Portuguese captain José António de Lacerda and Francisca de Almeida Pais.

"He spent ten years in Brazil, where he discovered new species of plants and animals, along with Indian tribes previously unknown to Europeans."[1]

In 1798, he led a Portuguese expedition to the Kazembe region of Zambia.[1] After his death on this mission, the group was led by Francisco Pinto.[2]