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MAGALHAENS DE GANDAV0, Pedro de, Portuguese author, born in Prado, Portugal, in 1540; died late in the 16th century. He lived in Brazil for several years, and oil his return published "Historia da provincia da Santa Cruz, chamada commummente o Brazil" (Lisbon, 1576). A notable feature of the work of Magalhaens is the entire absence of the marvellous and absurd stories so numerous in the writings of those who gave an account of distant countries at the time. In spite of the favor with which this history was received on its appearance, it was not reprinted and became very rare. It was translated into French by Ternaux-Compans, and published in his " Voyages, relations, et memoires."
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