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Officers Of The West India Company, Their Networks, And Their Personal Memories Of Dutch Brazil

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Between 1630 and 1654, when the Dutch West India Company (WIC) controlled Pernambuco and several adjacent provinces of northeastern Brazil, thousands of European soldiers were sent to the colony. This chapter analyses how officers of the West India Company communicated their personal memories of Dutch Brazil, and how the means of distributing knowledge influenced early modern Europe's impressions of Brazil. In the early 1630s the Dutch had profited from the unrivalled knowledge of local conditions and terrain of the mulatto Domingos Fernandes Calabar , which had allowed them to expand their sphere of influence beyond the immediate surroundings of Recife. The revolt of the Portuguese planters complicated matters in the Dutch colony, and considerable reinforcements arrived in the following years.

Keywords: Dutch West India Company (WIC); early modern Europe; northeastern Brazil; Portuguese planters

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