• António Dacosta is born in the parish of Santa Luzia in Angra do Heroísmo, on the island of Terceira, Azores, on 3 November.
  • His father, António Marciano da Costa (1885–1970), was a woodwork teacher at the Escola Industrial e Comercial de Madeira Pinto, and also restored furniture. His mother, Alcina do Nascimento Martins (1890–1969), was a housewife. Both were born in the parish of Conceição, Angra do Heroísmo.
  • His father was the son of Francisco José da Costa (b. 1859–?), a carpenter and woodcarver who made several altarpieces for churches on the island. António Dacosta’s other grandfather was a hardware salesman.
  • His parents already had a daughter, Alcina do Nascimento Costa (1912–1952).
  • Baptised with the same name as his father, in order to differentiate him he was known as António da Costa Júnior throughout his childhood and adolescence.
  • His childhood was spent between his parent’s house in the town and visits to his uncle’s family on the island’s countryside.

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