[Marxism] Slaves in Brazil

Renato Pompeu renatopompeu at bol.com.br
Thu Nov 3 10:36:19 MST 2005


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Subject: [Marxism] Slaves in Brazil

I am no pundit on Brazil.  But have read not so few authors on this
issue from Gilberto Freyre to Darcy Ribeiro, including among others
Jaguaribe, de Castro, Prado Júnior and still a few others.

All of them agree in that aboriginal peoples were not suited to slave
labor.


Renato: These are ancient authors, biased by ancient beliefs. As a matter of
fact, the poorer parts of colonial Brazil, as São Paulo, far from the eyes
of Portuguese authorities, used American Indians as working slaves in
plantations and the so-called Bandeirantes which explored the vast
hinterland of the country were searching precious stones, gold and American
Indians; some became famous as "apresadores de índios". American Indians
were searched for slavery as far as the 19th century. I know this because I
am a mischling from whites and American Indians..
See recent authors as João Manuel Cardoso de Mello, in "O Capitalismo
Tardio"






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