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Davide Bertolotti was an intellectual of Piedmontese origin. He was interested in many different areas and is known primarily for the wide-ranging nature of his work. He also figures among those foreign historians and disseminators of information who, in the nineteenth century, devoted themselves to writing histories of Portugal. He was born in Turin in 1784, the son of a wealthy merchant. This enabled him to have access to schooling in various places and not only in the region where he was born (where social and economic traditionalism together with a solid Jesuit culture supported the administrative structure of the Savoy dynasty). In 1812 he moved to Milan and it was there that he began his work. In this intellectually effervescent environment that proved vital for his intellectual pursuits, he produced a number of wide-ranging and diversified written works, a common occurrence among the intellectuals of the time.