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Colonial Brazil


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Colonial Brazil

Colonial Brazil comprises the period from 1500, with the arrival of the Portuguese, until 1815, when Brazil was elevated to a kingdom in union with Portugal as the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. During the early 300 years of Brazilian colonial history, the economic exploitation of the territory was based first on brazilwood extraction, which gave the territory its name; sugar production ; and finally on gold and diamond mining. Slaves, especially those brought from Africa, provided most of the work force of the Brazilian export economy after a brief period of Indian slavery to cut brazilwood.
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    • Initial European contact and early colonial history (1494–1530) 

    • Structure of colonization 

    • The sugar age (1530–1700) 

    • Inland expansion: the ''entradas'' and ''bandeiras'' 

    • The gold cycle (18th century) 

    • Colonial transformation of the Brazilian environment 

    • The Royal Court in Brazil (1808–1821) 

    • Administrative evolution 

    • Further reading in English 

    • Bibliography