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José Maria da Ponte e Horta

José Maria da Ponte e Horta
Portrait of José Maria da Ponte e Horta featured in his obituary in the Diário Illustrado, 17 March 1892.
Governor-general of Angola
In office
Preceded byJoaquim José da Graça
Succeeded byJosé Baptista de Andrade
Governor of Macau
In office
26 October 1866 – 3 August 1868
Preceded byJosé Rodrigues Coelho do Amaral
Succeeded byAntónio Sérgio de Sousa
Personal details
Born1824 (1824)
Faro, Portugal
Died9 March 1892(1892-03-09) (aged 67–68)
Chinese name

[1]José Maria da Ponte e Horta (1824 in Faro – 9 March 1892[2]) was a Portuguese noble who served as a colonial administrator and soldier in the Portuguese Empire. He is best known for his roles as the two time Governor of Angola and the Governor of Macau and Governor of Mozambique.[3][unreliable source?]


José Maria da Ponte e Horta was born to a Portuguese noble family in 1824.

Ponte e Horta joined the Portuguese military and later went on to serve as a professor at the Escola Politécnica de Lisboa and was named Par do Reino, one of the highest honors of Portuguese society.

On 26 October 1866, Ponte e Horta became the Portuguese Governor of Macau, a position which he held for two years until 3 August 1868.

In 1870, he again held a top colonial office, being named the Governor of Angola which was at the time, a Portuguese colony. He remained Governor of Portuguese Angola until 1873.

Many sources state that Ponte e Horta also held the post of Governor of Cabo Verde, however he does not appear in other records as having held that position.[3]

Death and legacy

José Maria da Ponte e Horta died on 9 March 1892.[2] There are several streets and buildings named after him in Macau.[4][5][unreliable source?]

Published works

  • Memória sobre os Infinitamente Pequenos.

See also


  1. ^ "Zona de Lazer da Praça de Ponte e Horta - A Natureza de Macau‧Zona de Lazer da Praça de Ponte e Horta". Retrieved 2023-06-22.
  2. ^ a b "NOTÍCIAS DE 5 A 9 DE NOVEMBRO DE 1866 – VISITAS DO GOVERNADOR A ESTABELECI-MENTOS PÚBLICOS DO TERRITÓRIO". (in Portuguese). NenoTavaIConta. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2018. O Diário Illustrado de 17 de Março de 1892, aquando do falecimento deste governador, a 9 de Março
  3. ^ a b José Leonardo, A. "Uma história da ciência portuguesa do século XIX contada por A. José Leonardo" (in Portuguese). De Rerum Natura. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  4. ^ "SM016-Ponte e Horta Square-Classified Immovable Properties-Cultural Heritage". Retrieved 2023-06-22.
  5. ^ Botas, João (7 October 2013). "Macau Antiguo". Macau Antiguo (in Portuguese). Blogspot. Retrieved 24 March 2015.

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