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Lampião
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Wilhelm Tell by Ernst Stückelberg (1880)

Real Name

Virgulino Ferreira da Silva

Born

June 7, 1897

Died

July 28, 1938

"Captain" Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, better known as Lampião (more archaic spelling 'Lampeão', Portuguese pronunciation: [lɐ̃piˈɐ̃w], meaning "lantern" or "oil lamp"), was the most famous bandit leader of the Cangaço. Cangaço was a form of banditry endemic to the Brazilian Northeast in the 1920s and 1930s. Lampião's exploits turned him into a 'folk hero', the Brazilian equivalent of Jesse James.

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