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Extending the FrontiersEssays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database$
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David Eltis and David Richardson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300134360

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300134360.001.0001

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The Slave Trade, Colonial Markets, and Slave Families in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ca. 1790–ca. 1830

The Slave Trade, Colonial Markets, and Slave Families in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ca. 1790–ca. 1830

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(p.275) Chapter 10 The Slave Trade, Colonial Markets, and Slave Families in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ca. 1790–ca. 1830
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Extending the Frontiers
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Manolo Florentino

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300134360.003.0010

This chapter explains the slave trade in Rio de Janeiro to redefine some classic positions in Brazilian historiography regarding the traffic of Africans, the colonial market, and slave-based family practices. From the eighteenth century onward, Rio's own slave traffickers financed the port's slave trade. Trends in Rio's slave trade from 1790–1830 demonstrate the traditional view of colonial society that focuses on large-scale slave ownership and largely ignores smaller-scale free as well as slave-owning units which were clearly operating above subsistence levels. Although the port of Rio was an important center for the redistribution of Africans throughout south central Brazil, a significant proportion of arrivals remained within the captaincy. Legal matrimony served such a function at times when the inflow of new slaves was relatively stable.

Keywords:   Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian historiography, slave traffickers, colonial market, slave trade

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