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Fernão Mendes Pinto
Possible likeness of Fernão Mendes Pinto in the Visitation altarpiece (Giraldo Fernandes de Prado, 1589-91) of the Church of Misericórdia of Almada, Portugal
Montemor-o-Velho, Kingdom of Portugal
|Died||8 July 1583
Pragal, Almada, Kingdom of Portugal
|Occupation||explorer and writer|
Fernão Mendes Pinto ( c.1509 – 8 July 1583) was a Portuguese explorer and writer. His voyages are recorded in Pilgrimage (Portuguese: Peregrinação) (1614), his autobiographical memoir. The historical accuracy of the work is debatable due to the many events which seem far fetched or at least exaggerated, earning him the nickname "Fernão Mentes Minto" (wordplay with the Portuguese verb mentir 'lie', meaning "Fernão, are you lying? I am lying."). Some aspects of the work can be verified, particularly through Pinto's service to the Portuguese Crown and by his association with Jesuit missionaries.
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