Paulo Dias de Novais
(ca 1510 – 1589), a nobleman of the Royal Household
, was a Portuguese
colonizer of Africa
in the 16th century and the 1st Captain
. He was the grandson of the explorer Bartolomeu Dias
Novais arrived in what is now Angola on February 20 1575. Attracted by the prospect of the famous silver mines of Cambambe, he established a settlement at São Paulo, near the island of Luanda.
He died unmarried and without issue, being the last male line descendant and one of the last descendants of Bartolomeu Dias.