Colonial Brazil is a selection of chapters from the Cambridge History of Latin America volumes 1 and 2 brought together to provide a continous history of the Portuguese Empire in Brazil from the beginning of the sixteenth to the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. The chapters cover early Portuguese settlement, political and economic structures, plantations and slavery, the gold rushes, the impact of colonial rule on Indian societies, imperial reorganization in the eighteenth century, and demographic and economic change during the final decades of the empire.
List of maps and figures; Note on currency and measurement; Preface; 1. Portuguese settlement, 1500–1580 H. B. Johnson; 2. Political and economic structures of empire, 1580–1750 Frédéric Mauro; 3. Plantations and peripheries, c.1580–1750 Stuart B. Schwartz; 4. Indians and the frontier John Hemming; 5. The gold cycle, c. 1690–1750 A. J. R. Russell-Wood; 6. Imperial re-organization, 1750–1808 Andrée Mansuy-Diniz Silva; 7. Late colonial Brazil, 1750–1808 Dauril Alden; A note on literature and intellectual life Leslie Bethell; Bibliographical essays; Index.