Paulo Dias de Novais

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Paulo Dias de Novais
Paulo Dias de Novais, 1º capitão-governador de Angola.jpg
1st Captain-Governor of Portuguese Angola
In office
MonarchSebastian of Portugal
Henry of Portugal
Philip I of Portugal
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byLuís Serrão
Personal details
Bornc. 1510
Kingdom of Portugal
Died9 May 1589
Massangano, Portuguese Angola
Military service
AllegiancePortuguese Empire

Paulo Dias de Novais (c. 1510 – 9 May 1589), a fidalgo of the Royal Household, was a Portuguese colonizer of Africa in the 16th century and the first Captain-Governor of Portuguese Angola. He was the grandson of the explorer Bartolomeu Dias.

Novais arrived in what is now Angola on 11 February 1575.[1] Attracted by the prospect of the famous silver mines of Cambambe, he founded the settlement of São Paulo de Luanda, near the island of Luanda.


  1. ^ Luanda was born on Cape Island Archived 2011-01-20 at the Wayback Machine (Portuguese)