(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--BRAZIL.) "Ley em que se accrescentao as penas impostas contra os mulatos, e pretos escravos do Brasil, que usarem de armas prohibidas. (Law, prohibiting the possession of knives and other arms by mulato and black slaves.) Single small folio leaf, printed on both sides, signed in type REY. (King); small ink number at the top of the page; later plain paper covers.a virtually pristine copy. Lisbon, January 24, 1756
A law prohibiting the possession of any sort of weapon by a mulato or black slave. The Portuguese began to colonize Brazil as early as the 16th century. The enslavement of indigenous people, as in other places in the New World was not successful and resulted in the large-scale importation of Africans. This helped shape the country's social structure and later ethnic landscape. During the colonial epoch and for over six decades after the 1822 independence, slavery was a mainstay of the Brazilian economy, especially in mining, cotton, and sugar cane production. Of the enormous number of people taken from the African continent during the period of the Atlantic Slave Trade, it is estimated that Brazil received 35% of them, or some 3 million people. Brazil was the last country to abolish slavery in 1888.
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