The Pros And Cons Of Slavery In Brazil

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The Africans that arrived to Brazil where faced with two choices: either they refused to accept their fate and refused to try or else they integrated themselves into a new society of slavery (Mattoso 92). In Brazil, rural and urban slaves were not organized in the same way, and contrasting forms of obedience in the fields, cities, and mines. Jobs awaited them in agriculture in the northeastern and east-central Brazil that were large-scale productions of sugar cane. In the interior regions, livestock-raising and mining were the primary economy while in the cities of Pernambuco, Bahia, and Rio were economic fortresses (95). Africans would be forced to work hard, to humble oneself, and to obey their masters were the pillar of the slave’s …show more content…
Plantation life in the northeast region was a hard life for those who work as field hands, and usually had a life expectance of 7 years after arrival to the sugar cane fields (Webre Wk. 8 Lec. 11). The belief was that the slave was worked to death, but they did not work during the night, were provided water and soup while they worked, nor did they work on nonworking holidays. The average slave worked about 250 days per year. The death rate was due to the harsh climate with dramatic temperature changes that the slave was not equipped to handle. They did not have enough clothes or heat for their dwellings, and once they were sick there was little medical help for them (Mattoso 104). They also had contact with free white workers who were better prepared than slaves and the white master favored over the slave, which cause a divide between the master and slave (120). The slaves that worked in the interior regions in the livestock-raising worked side by side with poor whites called peons and the slave owner and lived a nomadic life with everyone suffering from the same perils (94). But the slave in the mines, had similar working and living conditions to the field hand. The slaves worked in a painful position, standing with his back bent over a stream for hours at a time which causing lifelong deformities (119) In the urban areas, slaves did the jobs of the poor free man of European origins avoided …show more content…
When the slaves crossed over in the slave ships they brought with them foods from their country that have become known as soul food to the world. Some of these are: rice, okra, black-eyed peas, and kidney and lima beans (Holloway 2). During their free time, mainly at night, they would dance and sing, which later became the base of jazz and other styles of music (Sambol-Tosco 1). They also brought a religion that has different name from place to place but has the same theme: in Bahia, it was called Candomble, in Rio de Janeiro, it was called Macumba, and in Pernambuco it was called Xango (Wk. 8, Lec. 11) The slave owners were fearful of their voodoo magic which could cause sickness or dead that they believed the Africans capable of using against them (Mattoso

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