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Ambrósio Fernandes Brandão
Historical Figure
Religion: Judaism
Date of Birth: c. 1555
Date of Death: unknown
Occupation: Scholar, physician
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
Type of Appearance: Direct

Ambrósio Fernandes Brandão (c. 1555 — unknown) was a Portuguese planter and writer, who lived in Brazil in the 16th and 17th centuries. He left a book, the Dialogues of the Greatness of Brazil, about his time in Brazil.

It is known that was in Brazil by 1583, and was there until at least 1618, and that he was accused of practicing Judaism, but other details about his life are not readily available.


Brandão's book is known because, in 1874, a copy was discovered in the library of Leiden, in the Netherlands.

Ambrósio Fernandes Brandão in 1632[]

Ambrósio Fernandes Brandão spent some time in Recife, then returned to Europe.[1] In 1633, he returned to Recife on the ship that would, three weeks later, take Jan van Walbeeck back to Europe. While it is not known when he returned to Europe or how long he stayed, he was there long enough to become familiar with, and to embrace, up-time medical knowledge, especially knowledge about the causes and treatment of epidemic disease.

He was acquainted with the pirate Moses Cohen Henriques, and helped coordinate between Henriques and Maarten Tromp's commanders when the evacuation of Recife was being planned. As a civilian, he was one of the first to be sent to St. Eustatia, where he became the colony's physician.


  1. It is not known if this was something he also did in the OTL.