Jose do Canto has become one of the most famous Azoreans in the archipelago’s history. The son of he was born into not only a very large family with high expectations but came from one of the Azores landed gentry families. The expectations for their children were of great importance with the sons being sent off to Paris and London for their schooling. He was born in Ponta Delgada at the family manor home right in the cities capital. It was here that the King of Portugal lived during his time in the Azores.