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Paulo Dias de Novais
|1st Captain-Governor of Portuguese Angola|
|Monarch||Sebastian of Portugal|
Henry of Portugal
Philip I of Portugal
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Luís Serrão|
Kingdom of Portugal
|Died||9 May 1589|
Massangano, Portuguese Angola
Paulo Dias de Novais (c. 1510 – 1589), a fidalgo of the Royal Household, was a Portuguese colonizer of Africa in the 16th century and the first Captain-Governor of Portuguese Angola. He was the grandson of the explorer Bartolomeu Dias.
Novais arrived in what is now Angola on 11 February 1575. Attracted by the prospect of the famous silver mines of Cambambe, he founded the settlement of São Paulo de Luanda, near the island of Luanda.
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