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CUNHA MATTOS, Raimundo Jose da (koon'-yah-inah'-tos), Brazilian soldier, born in Faro, province of Algarve, 2 November 1776 ; died in March 1840. He entered the Portuguese army in 1790, served three years in the south of France, and eighteen years in Africa, then served in Rio Janeiro, and was afterward acting governor of St. Thomas. In 1817 he returned to Brazil, commanded the artillery of Pernambuco, and subsequently governed the province of Goyaz. He published a work on the interior of Brazil (1836). Removing to Rio de Janeiro in 1826, he was elected to the legislature, directed the military academy of Rio in 1832, and was made commander-in-chief of the Brazilian army. He was secretary for life of the Industrial aid society, and one of the founders, and for several years vice-president, of the Historical society of Rio de Janeiro.
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