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The Limited Impact Of 1808 In Brazil

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Between 1550 and 1850, more than 12 million Africans were forcibly shipped to the New World to work there as slaves. The process of emancipation in Brazil was not only long, drawn-out process, but also a process of legislative change; it was not the product of violent wars of independence, as in most of Latin America, or of civil war, as in the United States. Britain was subsequently able to exert more pressure on Brazil after its declaration of independence from Portugal in 1822, as the new state sought to achieve diplomatic recognition from the major powers. Of importance for the longevity of the slave system in Brazil was also the fact that the diversity of slave occupations was matched by an extremely diffuse pattern of slave ownership.

Keywords: Brazil; emancipation; slave system; United States

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