Impact Of African Culture On Latin America Essays

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When Africans were transported to the Americas as slaves, they were considered savages and people without culture. However, the major impact that African culture holds on Latin America is proof that these people were able to conserve and maintain their culture throughout all the hardships that they were able to endure. Things did not go particularly as planned for the Portuguese who most likely did not plan on Brazilian society to become as diverse as it became because of the large amounts of Africans in Brazil. The Portuguese realized the large impact of people of African descent on society and attempted to regulate slaves or free people in order to prevent a much feared rebellion. Rebellion through various forms, whether a radical revolt or individual resistance, is why people of African descent were able to maintain their cultures and identities. Individual resistance was employed through various methods that can range from their perhaps unexpected impact on the Brazilian family or the act of simply deviating from what was expected of slaves who were thought of as animals. The slave was even referred to as “pieces” comparing their bodies to pieces of material or commercial objects (Conrad 166). But some were able to hold a variety of roles as evidenced in “Four Classes of Blacks: The Observations of a British Clergyman in Rio de Janeiro” where Robert Walsh, notes the four different roles he saw Black people employed in throughout a single day, eventually concluding that…

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