Before Bras?lia: Frontier Life in Central Brazil

Before Bras?lia: Frontier Life in Central Brazil

by Mary C. Karasch


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826357625
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Mary C. Karasch is a professor emerita of history at Oakland University. She now lives in Tempe, Arizona. Her 1987 book Slave Life in Rio de Janeiro, 1808-1850 won the prestigious Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xvii

Part 1 Contacts and Conquests

Chapter 1 Into the "Heart of Brazil": Landscapes of Contact and Decimation 3

Chapter 2 The Indigenous Nations of Central Brazil 33

Chapter 3 Bandeiras and Entradas: The Invaders of Central Brazil 63

Chapter 4 Indigenous Warfare and Peacemaking 95

Part 2 Colonial Society: Whites, Pardos, and Blacks

Chapter 5 "Good Order": Structures of Empire 129

Chapter 6 The White Propertied Elites of the Captaincy of Goiás 159

Chapter 7 "Masters of the Dance": Enslaved Africans and Crioulos 185

Part 3 Points of Contact and Culture Change

Chapter 8 People of the Holy Spirit: Christians and Their Sacred Spaces 215

Chapter 9 Shadows in the Night: Women and Gender Relations 247

Chapter 10 Defenders of the Conquest and Useful Vassals: The Free People of Color 273

Conclusion: Reflections on Frontiers/Borderlands of Central Brazil 299

Appendix A Indigenous Nations of Central Brazil 305

Appendix B Censuses 311

Appendix C Colonial Churches and Lay Brotherhoods in the Captaincy of Goiás 326

Glossary 329

Notes 331

Bibliography 387

Index 407

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