Friday, June 22, 2012
Black slavery in Brazil
It is not widely known that 4.8 million slaves were brought to Brazil from Africa – a number that dwarfs the number of slaves brought to the United States. Almost half of all slaves brought to the New World were brought to Brazil. More slaves were also brought to Jamaica and Haiti than to the Northern American colonies. There are 75 million people of African descent in Brazil. There are 42 million African-Americans in the United States. Brazil was the last country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery. There are over 100 racial categories of blackness in Brazil. Black slaves weren’t treated as harshly in Dixie as in Brazil.