SILVA, Pedro da
Provisional governor of Brazil.
The Bishop of Bahia, Dom Pedro da Silva de Sampaio, ruled Brazil between 1641 and 1642, with field marshal Luís Barbalho Bezerra and Lourenço de Brito Correia. They had been appointed by Dom João IV to take over the command of the colony if the Viceroy Dom Jorge de Mascarenhas, Marquis of Montalvão, did not acclaim the new monarch. This scenario never materialized, but the Viceroy was taken under arrest and sent to Lisbon, being therefore necessary to replace him by a provisional government.
This provisional Board was ruling when news came to Bahia informing that peace with the Dutch was in the making and that all hostilities had been suspended.
CAMPO BELO, Conde de, Governadores Gerais e Vice-Reis do Brasil, Lisboa, Agência Geral das Colónias, 1935. Nova história da expansão portuguesa, dir. Joel Serrão e A. H. Oliveira Marques, vol. VII, O império Luso- Brasileiro: 1620-1750, coord. de Fréderic Mauro, Lisboa, Estampa, 1991. VARNHAGEN, Francisco Adolfo de, História Geral do Brasil: antes da sua separação e independência de Portugal, São Paulo, Ed. Melhoramentos, 4ªed., 1948.
Author: Rita Domingues
Translated by: Leonor Sampaio da Silva