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Early Brazil : A Documentary Collection to 1700 - Stuart B. Schwartz

Early Brazil

A Documentary Collection to 1700

By: Stuart B. Schwartz (Editor)


Published: 10th August 2009
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Early Brazil presents a collection of original sources, many published for the first time in English and some never before published in any language, that illustrates the process of conquest, colonization, and settlement in Brazil. The volume emphasizes the actions and interactions of the indigenous peoples, Portuguese, and Africans in the formation of the first extensive plantation colony based on slavery in the Americas, and it also includes documents that reveal the political, social, religious, and economic life of the colony. Original documents on early Brazilian history are difficult to find in English, and this collection will serve the interests of undergraduate students, as well as graduate students, who seek to make comparisons or to understand the history of Portuguese expansion.

'Nothing like this collection exists in English. These documents offer well-selected representations of the given issues and many of these are translated into English for the first time, making the volume an invaluable addition to the currently quite limited English language literature on the first two centuries of Brazilian development.' Herbert S. Klein, Stanford University
'This collection of documents - many of which are being published in English translation for the first time - opens up the study of early Brazilian history to students and scholars. It will allow Brazil to be much more widely included in comparative discussions of institutional, economic, and religious histories of Latin America.' Alida C. Metcalf, Rice University

Prefacep. ix
A Note on Translationp. xix
A Note on Portuguese Currency, Weights, and Measuresp. xxi
The "Discovery" and First Encounters with Brazilp. 1
The Letter of Pero Vaz de Caminhap. 1
An Early Report of Brazilp. 9
The Donatarial Systemp. 13
A Royal Charter for the Captaincy of Pernambuco, Issued to Duarte Coelho on 24 September 1534p. 14
Three Letters from Duarte Coelho to King John IIIp. 18
A Letter from Felipe Guillén to Queen Catarina, Giving News of Porto Seguro and of Mem de Sá's Victory at Rio de Janeirop. 33
Royal Governmentp. 37
Instructions Issued to the First Governor-General of Brazil, Tomé de Sousa, on 17 December 1548p. 37
The Capital: The City of Salvador and the Captaincy of Bahia. The Treatise of Gabriel Soares de Souzap. 52
A Letter from the Governor-General of Brazil, Tomé de Sousa, to King John III, with Information about the Towns and Settlements That He Had Visited on the Coast of Brazilp. 82
The Governorship of Mem de Sáp. 88
Letter from the Governor-General, Mem de Sá, to the Regent, Queen Catarina, Concerning the State of Affairs in Brazil, with Particular Reference to Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santop. 89
A Letter from the Governor-General, Mem de Sá, to the Regent, Queen Catarina, Concerning the State of Affairs in Brazilp. 90
Depositions on the Rule of Mem de Sá as Governor-General of Brazil, Written in Salvador, September to December 1570p. 93
The French Interludep. 101
Letter from Francisco Portocarrero to King John III Concerning the Abuses Committed by the French in Bahia, the Maladministration of the Governor-General, Dom Duarte da Costa, and the Presence of Pirates at Rio de Janeirop. 101
Jean de Léry: Excerpts from History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazilp. 103
Corsairs: French Interlopers at Bahia (1614)p. 113
Indians, Jesuits, and Colonistsp. 117
The Tupinambásp. 117
Jesuits and Go-Betweensp. 140
Letter from Father Manoel da Nóbrega to Father Luís Gonçalves da Câmara (31 August 1553)p. 140
A Jesuit Report: A Letter from Manuel da Nóbrega S.J., in São Vicente, to the Inquisitor-General, Simão Rodrigues S.J., in Lisbon (10? March 1553)p. 142
The Jesuit Establishmentp. 147
A Colonist's Critique of the Jesuits: Gabriel Soares de Sousa, "Os capitulos" (1592)p. 160
The Will and Testament of a Bandeirantep. 192
The World of the Engenhosp. 198
Excerpt from a Letter from the Administrator of Engenho, São Jorge de Erasmop. 198
Cane Farmer Contractsp. 202
Opportunity for Success: Ambrósio Fernandes Brandão, Great Things of Brazilp. 204
Instructions on How to Manage a Sugar Mill and Estatep. 224
The Commerce of Brazilp. 229
The Crisis of Brazilian Sugarp. 230
Government and Society in Dutch Brazilp. 234
A Brief Report on the State That Is Composed of the Four Conquered Captaincies, Pernambuco, Itamaracá, Paraíba, and Rio Grande, Situated in the North of Brazilp. 234
Burdens of Slavery and Racep. 264
The War against Palmares: Letter from the Governor of Pernambuco, Ferão de Sousa Coutinho (1 June 1671) on the Increasing Number of Insurgent Slaves Present in Palmaresp. 264
Combating Palmares (c. 1680)p. 265
Excerpts from the Will and Testament of Paulo de Almeida, a Former Slave (1752)p. 267
Public and Private Powerp. 271
Arguments of the Inhabitants of Bahia against the Suppression of the High Court (1626)p. 271
Religion and Societyp. 279
Jesuit Missions: Information for the Lisbon Committee on the Missions, 1702, on General and Economic Mattersp. 279
The Inquisition in Brazil: Two Casesp. 285
Frontiersp. 289
The State of Maranhão: A Letter from Father António Vieira S.J. (1653)p. 290
The Ranching Frontierp. 296
The Discovery of Goldp. 298
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780521124539
ISBN-10: 0521124530
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 10th August 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.46