The Western Pioneers and their Discovery of Macao

Author: J.M. Braga

Published:  2017 by Instituto Internacional De Macau


Cost:  $32.00 (call Maria at 415.990.5534 or email




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. Relations between China and the rest of the world have evolved in many different ways in the five centuries since Portuguese navigators first landed on the Chinese coast in the early sixteenth century. This book will continue to inform a modern readership, especially in Macau, of the remarkable origins of this unique city.

Also Dr. Stuart Braga, nephew of the author (Jack Braga), discusses the place of this book in Jack Braga´s growing body of research and writing.