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What was Meant to be Silent: The African Slave Trade on The North Coast of São Paulo in Times of Piracy


In the following text, we will analyze the reorganization of the illegal slave trade, having as scope the northern coast of São Paulo between 1831 and the mid-1850s. In that period, farms, sites and sheds were built in the beaches of Ubatuba, São Sebastião and Ilhabela as part of the new logistics of the illegal slave trade. Far beyond the subsistence production and the cabotage trade, those beaches have been intensely marked by the last years of the Atlantic slave trade.

African slave trade; Illegal slave trade; São Paulo Province

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