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When the Amerindians were vassals. Colonization and power equations in Northern Brazil (1750-1800) Ângela Domingues

When the Amerindians were vassals. Colonization and power equations in Northern Brazil (1750-1800)

Ângela Domingues

Published 2006
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352 pages
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This study provides an overview of relations between Amerindians and colonisers in Northern Brazil during the second half of the 18th century and the early years of the 19th century. The Pombaline reforms implemented in Brazil were based on aMoreThis study provides an overview of relations between Amerindians and colonisers in Northern Brazil during the second half of the 18th century and the early years of the 19th century. The Pombaline reforms implemented in Brazil were based on a comprehensive and structured juridical and political discourse that had repercussions on the everyday lives of the inhabitants of the Amazon region: the immediate objective of these measures was to transform the Amerindians into loyal vassals and faithful Christians. This was merely one of the strategies used by the Portuguese state to unify the vast Amazonian territory and was reinforced with instruction in the Portuguese language, the construction of new settlements and fortresses, pro-active occupation using Luso-Brazilians and Amerindians alike, improved scientific knowledge and an effective control of the territory.