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SILVA, Marilda Santana da. The Vila Rica Town Council Senate and its political relationship with the Portuguese Crown in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century. Varia hist. [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.33, pp. 203-218. ISSN 0104-8775. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752005000100010.
The current article to analyze is directed to the political and administrative government of the officials of Vila Rica.s city-council, trying to the performance of this "local bureaucracy" in the changing character of temporal context mentioned. The long term perspective seeks to embrace a period, in which occurred an internal economic reestructuration in Minas Gerais captaincy, while the mining acme began to recede to mercantile activities of subsistence directed to urban economy. In this period, thus, the mining activity was no longer the principal activity in Minas Gerais economy, in fact, mercantile as well as agricultural activities become its principal business. In this context, we are looking forward to establishing the existent relations between the Senate of Vila Rica.s and Metropolitan authorities, portray the ways of communication and negotiation directly established between the chamberlain and the Metropolitan State representatives, who were in Lisbon city.
Keywords : Municipal Chamber; Vila Rica; Minas Gerais.