Slave Resistance In Brazia

1231 Words 5 Pages
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 …show more content…
Slave uprising were rarely successful but they were still feared and in a testimony by William Page there is a description of the occurrences aboard a slave ship and the actions that traders took to prevent an uprising like the harsh punishments for anyone attempting a rebellion (Conrad 39). In 1836, Rio de Janeiro passed laws to reduce slave rebellions and these constituted of ordinances that prohibited people from selling gunpowder or arms to Blacks, prohibiting the private gathering of more than three slaves and a decree that slaves could not be “encountered at night at any hour away from the plantation of his master” (Conrad 257). These laws and actions proved that the Portuguese were worried of the strength and populous of the

Related Documents