Gaspar Frutuoso c. He is normally cited in settlement history of the islands of the Azores. Little is known of his childhood, apart from references to him working his father's lands during this period. The first trustworthy record about Frutuoso was his admission to the University of Salamanca in where he later obtained an Arts certification.
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Gaspar Frutuoso c. He is normally cited in settlement history of the islands of the Azores. Little is known of his childhood, apart from references to him working his father's lands during this period. The first trustworthy record about Frutuoso was his admission to the University of Salamanca in where he later obtained an Arts certification. He briefly returned to the Azores between and , where he became parish priest in Santa Cruz , in the municipality of Lagoa records written by him during this period date his time in the parish.
By decree, 20 May , he was nominated to be the vicar and orator at the parochial Church of Nossa Senhora da Estrela Our Lady of the Star , in the municipality of Ribeira Grande , a position he held for the next 26 years until his death. During this time, he was dedicated to the parish, as well as charitable works he contributed towards on and off-island, but still had time writing his 16 manuscripts that included Saudades da Terra , and Saudades do Ceu.
Ever mindful of the politics of the time, during the period of the Philippine Dynasty , he was:. In , during the French assault on Funchal , he collected funds and wheat for the people of Madeira. Saudades da Terra , literally Nostalgic-longing for the Land , is a six-volume tome that contains observations by the author, of the history and geography of the Atlantic territories of the Kingdom of Portugal, as well as the Canary Islands lands at one time attributed to Portugal.
It is a referential work for the understanding of the islands of Macaronesia at the end of the 16th Century. The work is not limited to geography and history , but also covers daily life, customs and traditions, genealogy , the origins of place names, flora and fauna , and affirms Frutuoso's humanist nature, typical of the Renaissance. The author is an encyclopedic, literary and artistic observer of the natural phenomenons, preoccupied with experimental alchemy and speculative on aspects of geology , biology , mineralogy and petrology.
His detailed descriptions are so detailed that they were published into separate volumes which cover:. The fifth volume is an elaborate poem, from the perspective of a fictional character, writing in a pastoral style, about the history of two friends that are separated and forced to live far from home. Gaspar Frutuoso apparently attempted to publish his work, going so far as to rework and edit his manuscript the original has many edits in his hand. For reasons that are never clear, although the Spanish occupation of the island during the Iberian Union may have influenced his decision, he never published the work.
The manuscript, along with documents from his library, were sent to the Jesuit College in Ponta Delgada and preserved until when the Society of Jesus was expelled from Portugal. The manuscript fell into the hands of people who restricted access to the document, until it was donated to the General Committee of Ponta Delgada , and incorporated into the holdings of the Public Library and Archive where it now resides.
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Saudades da Terra is a manuscript that was published by father Gaspar Frutuoso. It forms a reference work on the knowledge of Macaronesia in the late 16th century. The manuscript was written between and ,  divided into two volumes, based on the author's observations which makes a detailed description of the archipelagos of the Azores , Madeira and the Canary Islands. It also has multiple references on Cape Verde and other Atlantc regions. It finishes a most important repository on information about geography, history, life usage of clothes, genealogy, toponym, fauna and flora of the mid-Atlantic archipelago before the 17th century, in which closes by the author with a personality of a Renaissance typical humanist: encyclopedic, literary, artistic and music, observed natural phenomenon, pre-occupied with alchemic experimentations and speculating inside the dominions of geology, biology, mineralogy and petrography.