PAVIA, Simão Vaz de (1587-1640)
A merchant, son of Miguel de Paiva and Justina Camila, he was born in Lisbon in 1587. He established himself in Macao, where he got married, and became one of the most remarkable inhabitants of this city in the first half of the 17th century.
In 1621, he was an opponent to the Society of Jesus in the contention of Ilha Verde. He lived in the parish of Sé and he was referred to in the inhabitants? list of 1625 (?Lista De La gente Efetiua que Ay Em esta Ciudade Assy, Vizinos Como estrauagantes forasteros E gente De lla tierra?).
He was a personal friend of the Bugio (governor) of Nagasaki, Taquenaka Umenenosho, and he was sent by him to Manila in 1630, in a ship of Jerónimo Macedo de Carvalho, in order to obtain a justification from the Spanish for the loss of the Japanese junk off the coast of Zion, in 1628.
He held several prominent positions in Macao in decade of the 1630s, serving as Clerk in Santa Casa da Misericórdia in 1636 and 1637, travel Administrator to Japan in 1631 and 1637, and Municipal Clerk in 1638, 1639 and 1640. He held this last position due to royal privilege granted after his participation in the victory over the Dutch in June 24, 1622. He headed the Embassy of 1640, along with Luis Paes Pacheco, Rodrigo Sanches de Paredes and Gonçalo, and died as a martyr in Nagasaki on August 3rd of the same year.
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Author: Elsa Penalva
Translated by: Ana Pereira