Fernão Mendes Pinto

Possible likeness of Fernão Mendes Pinto in the ''[[Visitation (Christianity)|Visitation]]'' altarpiece (Giraldo Fernandes de Prado, 1589–1591) of the Church of Misericórdia of Almada, Portugal Fernão Mendes Pinto (; 1509 – 8 July 1583) was a Portuguese explorer and writer. His voyages are recorded in ''Pilgrimage'' (), his autobiographical memoir, which was published posthumously in 1614. The historical accuracy of the work is debatable due to the many events that seem far-fetched or at least exaggerated, earning him the nickname (wordplay with the Portuguese verb , 'to lie', meaning "Fernão, are you lying? I am lying."). Still, many aspects of the work can be verified, particularly through records of Pinto's service to the Portuguese crown and by his association with Jesuit missionaries. Provided by Wikipedia
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