Books of Interest

In Conquerers, Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skills of its explorers – a tactical advantage no other country could match. Read more

The 3-volume 1st Edition by Dr. Jorge Forjaz is the precursor to the 6-volume 2nd Edition. Read more

The 2nd edition of the Macanese Families was presented with great success during the 2016 Macau Encontro by the author Dr. Jorge Forjaz, who has spent decades in researching the Macanese genealogy. This 6-volume 2nd Edition is a general review of the work of the 3-volume 1st Edition, updated in almost all the chapters and sub-chapters, adding 80 new chapters and illustrated with over 3,000 photographs. Read more

Stuart Braga introduces the reader to the amazing story of the small territory that was for several centuries the only gateway between China and Europe. The book is liberally illustrated with maps and pictures, most of which were collected by José Maria Braga (Jack Braga), who lived and worked in Macau between 1924 and 1946. His family roots in Macau go back to 1704, when his ancestor, Manuel Vicente da Rosa, arrived in Macau. Read more

What is Bebinga? Why it is called Capela? Do you want the (once) million-dollar Portuguese Egg Tart recipe? In the 21st century many of the recipes were transported in the notebooks and memories by those who emigrated to the West after they left Macau behind. In this book, António M. Jorge da Silva describes the origins of the Macaense Cuisine and the story behind many of the dishes. Read more

In a vivid account that covers from the 1400s to the 1990s, António M. Jorge da Silva reveals the rich history of the descendants of the Portuguese of Macau. Read more

This book, inspired by the acclaimed bilingual documentary “Portuguese in California“, showcases the Portuguese-American community living in California; offering the reader a comprehensive historical overview of this unique and vibrant, but often invisible ethnic group. Read more

This book is about the Portuguese and their descendants who were born, or whose ancestors were born in Macau, and who left to live and work in other coastal cities in China. It tells of their complex multi-racial, multilingual and multidimensional lives that evolved through four and a half centuries in the secluded and tiny Portuguese enclave of Macau, then Hong Kong and Shanghai. Read more

Frederic “Jim” Silva offers a random and light dipping into some aspects of our Portuguese past with old tales – some well known and some not so well known. This book is dedicated to the younger members of the Macanese Community who had no previous exposure neither to this History of Portugal nor to that of the Great Discoveries which transplanted some of Portugal´s roots in Macau. This is an attempt to kindle interest in our now scattered Macaense community with hopes that it will awaken an awareness and pride in our Portuguese roots. Read more

At 9:45 am on November 1, 1755 the first of three shocks ranging 8.5 to 9.1 magnitude hit Lisbon which was home to 200,000 inhabitants, it was felt as far away as Great Britain. More than 40,000 people were killed, 85% of her city’s buildings including all government and commercial records were destroyed. He paints a picture of 18th century Portugal before the fire. Read more

This is a historical account of Luso (Portuguese) Asians and their role in establishing and maintaining the first global economy connecting Europe and Asia. Part 1 describes their early settlements across the Portuguese Overseas Empire, beginning with Goa in 1511, through migrations to Malacca, Indonesia, Siam, Macau, Hong Kong, and Shanghai up to the end of the Opium Wars in 1860. Part 2 focuses on the largest group of Luso-Asians from Macau, the “Macanese”, who settled from 1842 in Hong Kong to work for the British colonial government, merchant houses, and international banks. Read more

This much sought after book by academics and historians, first published in 1949, has just been re-published by the International Institute of Macau. This edition is much improved from the original, with the addition of translation into English of five sixteenth century letters written in Portuguese. This important book throws so much light onto the early history of Portuguese contact with China. Read more