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MOURA, Francisco de (mow'-oo-rah), Brazilian soldier, born in Pernambuco in 1580; died in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1657. He adopted a military career and served with credit in India, Flanders, and Brazil. When the Dutch conquered Bahia in 1624 he was sent, on 30 November of that year, as governor-general to organize forces, and after the arrival of the Spanish-Portuguese fleet in March, 1625, he attacked Bahia, and forced the Dutch to evacuate it, continuing to rule the country till 1626. His services were rewarded with numerous gifts from the king, among others the fee-simple of Graciosa island in the Azores, and the appointment of councillor of state.
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