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Mem de Sá

Sá, Mem de (māN dĭ sä) [key], d. 1572, Portuguese colonial official, governor-general of Brazil (1557?–1572). He drove (1567) the French colony from Guanabara Bay and founded the city of Rio de Janeiro at its site.

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