The family names Dortas and Dorta in Brazil seems to have a common ancestor
in Manuel van Dorth.
During the year 1624 there was a Dutch invasion in the northeast of
Brazil in the cities of Salvador and Recife. Both Manuel van Dorth, brother
of Pieter Van Dorth, and Johan (Joan) van Dorth, his cousin took part in
this invasion by admiral Jacob Willekens of Bahia, as Salvador was known
in those days. Nobleman Johan van Dorth commanded the infantry. The Dutch
held Salvador for just one year (till April 30, 1625), in which year Johan
van Dorth was assasinated. The Dutch pillaged the churches of Salvador,
claiming to be the "Enemies
of the Catholic Church".
Bahia in those days 23).
Although the Dutch occupation force and their ships were allowed to
Bahia, Manuel van Dorth or his family must have stayed? According to
Bittencourt Dortas his branch of the family Van Dorth lives in the
Porto Alegre - Rio Grande Do Sul (Brazil). More about the Dutch in Bahia,
In some books about the invasion the name van Dorth is also spelled
as van Dort. There were some Dortas as Jacob Dorta da Paz and Israel Moises
Dorta and probably they changed their names from Dort(h) to Dorta 22).