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Title:'Negreiros' in the South Atlantic: the community of 'Brazilian' slave traders in late eighteenth century Benguela
Author:Thompson, Estevam C.
Periodical:African Economic History (ISSN 0145-2258)
Geographic terms:Angola
Subjects:slave trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23718979
Abstract:The Atlantic world in the eighteenth century was a multicultural space that experienced intense movements of people, goods and ideas. This article describes the cultural, political and economic interactions between the 'Estados do Brazil' and West Central Africa during the second half of the eighteenth century and how these interactions stimulated the development of a culturally mixed society. In this context, Benguela (in present-day Angola) and Rio de Janeiro are presented as the same extended Atlantic territory connected by a particular system of winds and maritime currents, one that allowed for the rise of a community of circulation constantly transiting between its shores. Given the multifaceted character of this community it is difficult to identify its members. They are sometimes labeled 'Brazilians' and at other times 'Luso-Africans', although many came from Portugal. They assumed different identities while developing their slaving negotiations and their loyalty relied on family connections. As such, the nature of their activities as slave traders in the Atlantic is more important for their classification than either their origin or skin color. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]