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Revista Brasileira de História

Print version ISSN 0102-0188On-line version ISSN 1806-9347

Abstract

RODRIGUES, Jaime. “Of flour, blessed be God, now we are very well”: A History of manioc in Atlantic perspective. Rev. Bras. Hist. [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.75, pp.69-95.  Epub Sep 11, 2017. ISSN 0102-0188.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1806-93472017v37n75-03.

This article does an inventory of references about the manioc starting from the colonial chronic, the travel literature and the administrative correspondence, aiming to analyze the forms of the indigenous knowledge related to the manioc planting and the flour production. With the appropriation of that knowledge and verification of the product’s durability, I analyze the transatlantic importance of the plant and of the manioc flour to the Africans sustenance, slaves traveling across the Atlantic, and sailors in circulation around the world in the era of European navigations and even to the supply of the Portugal Kingdom’s demands. The intention is go beyond the political, cultural and linguistic borders, demonstrating how the indigenous knowledge was a fundamental part of the Atlantic History, despite the restricted geographic circulation of that men and women in the seas.

Keywords : Indigenous History; History of food; maritime History.

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