King Dom Garcia II of Kongo Receiving Capuchin Missionaries, 1648

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Giovanni Antonio Cavazzi, Istorica Descrizione de' Tre Regni Congo, Matamba, et Angola (Milan, 1690), facing p. 269. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Dom Garcia (1641-1661) was a descendant of the first Kongo king to adopt Catholicism. Cavazzi (b. 1621) was an Italian priest who from 1654 to 1667 joined the Capuchin mission in what is today northern Angola. After a visit to Europe he returned to Angola, particularly the Kingdom of Kongo, where he remained from 1672 to 1677. See also modern reprint of Cavazzi, in Portuguese with notes, edited by Graciano Maria de Leguzzano (Descricao Historica [Lisbon, 1965]); also drawings in "Bassani" on this website. (Thanks to Robert Smith for assistance with this entry.)