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Alvarez Francesco

Alvarez, Francesco, a Portuguese ecclesiastic, born about 1460. He was almoner to King Emmanuel, and was sent by him with Rodrigo de Lima on a mission to David, King of Ethiopia and Abyssinia, 1515. After a detention of six years in that country he returned, via India, and wrote the first description of it that appeared in Europe. He died about 1540.