Blacks of the Land
Indian Slavery, Settler Society, and the Portuguese Colonial Enterprise in South America
Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies
- Author: John M. Monteiro
- Editors and translators:
- James Woodard, Montclair State University, New Jersey
- Barbara Weinstein, New York University
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Originally published in Portuguese in 1994 as Negros da Terra, this field-defining work by the late historian John M. Monteiro has been translated into English by Professors Barbara Weinstein and James Woodard. Monteiro's work established ethnohistory as a field in colonial Brazilian studies and made indigenous history a vital part of how scholars understand Brazil's colonial past. Drawing on over two dozen collections on both sides of the Atlantic, Monteiro rescued Indians from invisibility, documenting their role as both objects and actors in Brazil's colonial past and, most importantly, providing the first history of Indian slavery in Brazil. Monteiro demonstrates how Indian enslavement, not exploration or the search for mineral wealth, was the driving force behind expansion out of São Paulo and through the South American backcountry. This book makes a groundbreaking contribution not only to Latin American history, but to the history of indigenous slavery in the Americas generally.Read more
- Makes available an English translation of a pioneering work on Indian slavery in Portuguese-claimed South America
- Serves as a student-friendly text, with additional aids such as a glossary and timeline
- The translation is clear and accessible, reflecting the prose of the original Portuguese edition
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- Date Published: October 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108662956
- contains: 14 tables
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Table of Contents
Blacks of the land: preface and acknowledgments
1. The transformation of indigenous São Paulo in the sixteenth century
2. Backcountry incursions and the expansion of the labour force
3. The granary of Brazil
4. The regime of personal service
5. Masters and Indians
6. The roots of rural poverty
7. The final years of Indian slavery
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