Six. Colonial Brazil (1500–1822)

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. Hal Langfur

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch6

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Langfur, H. (2010) Colonial Brazil (1500–1822), in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633



  • colonial Brazil;
  • Duarte Pacheco Pereira, first known Portuguese navigator - to explore Brazil's littoral;
  • non-sedentary peoples, and mobility - Portugal's pressing interests in Asia;
  • indigenous population, and European traders and settlers - groups, Tupi–Guarani and the Tapuia;
  • peaceable relations, survival and trade - contacts between Portuguese and Brazil's coastal Indians;
  • Portugal, trading posts or feitorias - goods manufactured in Europe, bartered for tropical products;
  • The Tupi and other groups, barrier to colonization - inhibiting efforts to clear and cultivate land;
  • Indians and Europeans, becoming participants - in each other's power struggles;
  • plantation enclaves, at Pernambuco and Bahia - hierarchies on free population;
  • two royal edicts, tug-of-war between continuity and change - leading toward independence


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  • Bibliography