Mem de Sá

Mem de Sá (c. 1500 – 2 March, 1572) was a Governor-General of the Portuguese colony of Brazil from 1557-1572.He was born in Coimbra, Kingdom of Portugal, around 1500, the year of discovery of Brazil by a naval fleet commanded by Pedro Álvares Cabral. He was nominated the third Governor-General of Brazil in 1556, succeeding Duarte da Costa, who was Governor-General from 1553 to 1557. The seat of the government was Salvador, in the present-day state of Bahia.