The Abolition of the Brazilian Slave Trade: Britain, Brazil by Leslie Bethell

The Abolition of the Brazilian Slave Trade: Britain, Brazil by Leslie Bethell

By Leslie Bethell

Whilst at first of the 19th century Britain introduced her campaign opposed to the transatlantic slave exchange, Brazil used to be one of many maximum importers of African slaves within the New international. Negro slavery were the cornerstone of the Brazilian financial system and of Brazilian society for over two hundred years and the slave inhabitants of Brazil required usual replenishment throughout the exchange. during this special research Dr Bethell explains how through the interval of Brazilian independence from Portugal, Britain pressured the Brazilian slave exchange to be declared unlawful, why it proved most unlikely to suppress it for two decades afterwards and the way it used to be eventually abolished. He covers a massive element of the historical past of the overseas abolition of the slave alternate and slavery and makes a massive contribution to the research of Anglo-Brazilian relatives that have been ruled - and broken - through the slave exchange query for greater than part a century.

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But just as Britain had squeezed anti-slave trade agreements, however limited in their scope, from a reluctant Portugal as the price for British support during the war and immediate post-war years, so Britain's pre-eminence in Europe and the world at large, and her influence over Portugal in particular, now appeared to present her with an opportunity to wring concessions from an even more reluctant Brazil. The new Brazilian government would be anxious to secure international recognition of Brazil's independence and this, Canning immediately realised, would' put Brazil at our mercy as to the continuance of the slave trade'; Brazil was now in the position of having to 'solicit from other nations a recognition to which may be annexed what conditions those nations may think fit, and specifically, a renunciation of the slave trade'.

115-16; Pereira Pinto, i. 187-8. Palmella to Conde da Barca, 29 July 1817. 19 First steps towards abolition, 1807-1822 The Anglo-Portuguese Convention of 28 July 1817 was to form the basis for right of search conventions with many other maritime powers. 2 In 1819 appointments were made to an AngloPortuguese mixed commission in Rio de Janeiro, an AngloSpanish commission in Havana, an Anglo-Dutch commission in Surinam, and to Anglo-Portuguese, Anglo-Spanish and AngloDutch commissions which the Foreign Office decided should all sit in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

216-21; Hipolito to Jose Bonifacio, no. I. i. 213-16. There was clearly some confusion over what the British ministers were demanding. Whereas Brant recalled that they had asked for abolition dentro em mui curtoprazo Hipolito in his despatch referred to abolition dentro em dous anos and, at another point, dentro urn ano. Brant to Jose Bonifacio, 20-30 November 1822; Hipolito no. 6; Hipolito to Brant, 21 November 1822, enclosed in Hipolito no. 6. l At the end of November, however, news arrived that on 12 October Dom Pedro had been proclaimed Emperor of Brazil, a title with popular, Napoleonic, overtones which suggested a protest against the principle of legitimacy and an assertion of superiority over the King of Portugal, and which, moreover, seemed inconsistent with Dom Pedro's earlier declaration that he intended to conserve the monarchy in Brazil.

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