It is not known what year he was born. Educated by priests and Jesuits, baptized in June 13, 1612, when he had his named changed to Antonio (day’s saint) Filipe (in honor to Spain’s King, Filipe III) Camarão (translation of Poti to Portuguese).
In 1630, year of the Dutch invasion on the coast of Pernambuco, he began to participate, leading his tribe next to his wife, Clara Camarão, into ambush actions in defense of the captaincies of Pernambuco, Alagoas, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Sergipe and Bahia.
As reward, besides payment, received, from the Spanish Crown, the rank of Capitan General of Indians, and the Knight of the Order of Christ Commendation, becoming a nobleman.
On the Pernambucana Insurrection, Filipe Camarão took part in decisive combats, among them, the first Guararapes battle, where commanded the right wing of the Pernambuco’s army. Died in 1648, one month after the iconic battle due to injuries. As André Vidal de Negreiros, he had his name written in the Fatherland Book of Heroes.
The Brazillian Army, on its turn, denominates the Seventh Motorized Infantry Brigade as Filipe Camarão Brigade.