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History in Brazil
Slaves of Benguela and Congo - Photo: Public Domain
Slaves of Benguela and Congo - Photo: Public Domain
Arrival of the Negroes
Brought as a forced immigrant and, more than that, as a slave, the black African and his descendants contributed with all those ingredients that dynamized the work during almost four centuries of slavery. In all areas of Bahia and Brazil they built our developing economy, but, on the other hand, they were summarily excluded from dividing that wealth. This story begins with the arrival of the first waves of slaves from Africa. This happens around 1549, when the first contingent is landed in São Vicente. D. João III granted authorization so that each colonist could import up to 120 Africans for his properties. Many of these settlers, however, protested against the limit set by the king, as they wished to import a much larger number. On the other hand, some historians think that well before that date, blacks had already entered Brazil. They even claim that in the Bretoa ship, sent here in 1511 by Fernando de Noronha, there were already blacks on its side. The consolidation of the colonial economy intensified the traffic of Africans to Brazil, especially to the Northeast, where a type of agribusiness was concentrated and flourished with the cultivation of sugar cane. In 1586, in Colonia, estimates gave a population of about 57.000 inhabitants - of which 25.000 were white, 18.000 Indians and 14.000 blacks ....FIND OUT MORE
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Discovery and formation of the State of Bahia according to the most diverse authors of the History of Brazil, the discovery of our country was yet another event, certainly planned, of maritime expansion ...FIND OUT MORE
The moment of the discovery of Bahia and Brazil was, for Portugal, of immense prosperity in the trade established with the East, mainly with India. This factor coupled with little knowledge about ...FIND OUT MORE
Brought as a forced immigrant and, more than that, as a slave, the black African and his descendants contributed with all those ingredients that dynamized the work for almost four centuries ...FIND OUT MORE
We are unanimous in admitting that until recently the so-called 'discovery of Brazil' was something peacefully accepted by broad sectors of Brazilian society and that it was only a few years ago that it began to be debated ...FIND OUT MORE
The Bahian population emerged from the mixture of three human groups: the Indian who had inhabited the territory thousands of years before the arrival of the Portuguese, the African who was brought against Africa's will and the ...FIND OUT MORE
As in other aspects, religiosity is found in Bahia characterized by a variety of religions, sects, churches, temples, terreiros, separate or totally mixed beliefs. Bahia is a common scene ...FIND OUT MORE
For more than two centuries, Jesuit education was solely responsible for Brazilian education and was of great importance for the success of colonization, converting and convincing Indians and blacks to obey ...FIND OUT MORE
For almost 50 years, the lands of Brazil remained administered at a distance, with no specific position in the country for the political control of Brazilian lands. In 1549 the Government-General was finally created ...FIND OUT MORE
The economy of colonial Bahia was, from the beginning, turned to the foreign market, responding to the demands of the metropolis and European trade. According to Tavares (1987) among other authors, it was an economy of ...FIND OUT MORE

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The history of Alagoas begins before the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese, when the current territory of the state was populated by the Caetés Indians. The coast of the present state of Alagoas, recognized ...FIND OUT MORE
Barra Grande must have been the first point in the territory of Alagoas visited by the Portuguese discoverers, on the occasion of the voyage of Américo Vespúcio, in 1501. Although there is no reference to that port ...FIND OUT MORE
At the beginning of the 1636th century, Penedo, Porto Calvo and Alagoas were already parishes, assuming that such titles had been conferred on them in the previous century. They were villages, however, in XNUMX. Resting ...FIND OUT MORE

Palmares War
By 1641, a Dutch chief claimed that the region was almost depopulated. Maurício de Nassau thought about repopulating it, but the project did not go ahead. At the time, tobacco was also produced in Alagoas ...FIND OUT MORE
The Alagoas already showed signs of prosperity and development, both economically and culturally. Its main wealth was sugar, being furthermore produced, albeit in ...FIND OUT MORE

The republican movement, intensified by abolition, was reflected in the activities of the press and propaganda clubs. The most important of these was the Federal Republican Center, also, of course, the most ...FIND OUT MORE