António Maria Barreiros Arrobas

António Maria Barreiros Arrobas

António Maria Barreiros Arrobas, in a 1888 engraving
Colonial governor of Cape Verde
In office
3 Dec 1854  28 Mar 1858
Preceded by Fortunato José Barreiros
Succeeded by Sebastião Lopes de Calheiros e Meneses
Personal details
Born 18 July 1824
Died 18 July 1888
Nationality Portuguese

António Maria Barreiros Arrobas ComA (18 July 1824 – 18 July 1888) was a Portuguese colonial administrator.[1][2]


Barreiros Arrobas was the son of Joaquim Paulo Xavier de Mira de Magalhães Corvo Carneiro Arrobas and Dona Maria José Barreiros, he was baptized in the parish (now neighborhood) of São Sebastião de Pedreira by António Guedes de Vilhegas de Quinhones de Mattos Cabral and Nossa Senhora da Conceição Roxa.

Military career

He volunteered on 2 May 1840 with the Second Cavalry Regiment and passed the ensign of the Grenadiers of Mary II on 16 February 1844. In 1846, came the orders of tennant of the Count of Bonfim, Commander of the Division. He became tennant on 26 June 1848, Captain on 29 April 1851, Major on 11 April 1854. and later he was colonel for some time.

Governor-General of Cape Verde

He was member of the Overseas Consultive Board and from 3 December 1845 to 1857, he was governor general of the Colonial Province of Cape Verde, he succeeded Colonel Fortunato José Barreiros. He established education and created several schools there.

During his rule, he was overwhelmed on the epidemic and cholera that affected some islands and hunger, which took sanitary policies. In Praia (then Porto Praya), the Civil and Military Hospital was built. Cattle and pigs were banned in the streets, in Lazareto on nearby Ilhéu de Santa Maria (then also known as Quail Island), individuals who had cholera from the island of Fogo were intermitted there. It was built within 30 hours with six spacious houses, well covered.[1][2][3]

Civil career

Barreiros Arrobas returned to Lisbon and functioned the direction in banks and companies. He was member of the General Council of Alfândegas and much later president of the general board of the district of Lisbon, where he was knighted in the Military Order of Aviz for his work. During the start of the civil war, the time when the government of Cabral and the Duke of Saldanha in the battle in Torres Vedras which made a large valor.

In politics

He started receiving for normalizing the political instability in Portugal, he was a candidate for deputy for the 80th circle in the elections of 18 September 1870 where he raced against Agarão Mascarenhas and Dr. Jacinto Nunes, a Renewal Party candidate. He had won with the support of the rich in the 740th circle with 1,775 votes over 908 of the opponent. In 1871, the Deputy Chamber was dissolved, he later received 2,202 votes.

In that time, he took various actions in 1875 and presented to the deputy council for representing in the city council. In 1878, he made for the new circle in Setúbal, in opposition, he got 2,093 votes. He was elected for Setúbal on 4 August 1870 as attorney general for the district board. Later, he became member of the Renewal Party. He remained as councillor, a peer and deputy of the courts in different legislations, he was once civil governor of the District of Lisbon.

Later life

He retired from politics. He died in Lisbon in his house on 5 Rua de Tesouro Velho (then as Thezouro Velho).

See also


  1. 1 2 "Cape Verde".
  2. 1 2 "Cape Verde".
  3. Nobre de Oliveira, 2006
Preceded by
Fortunato José Barreiros
Colonial governor of Cape Verde
Succeeded by
Sebastião Lopes de Calheiros e Meneses
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