Chapters of Brazil's Colonial History, 1500-1800

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The notes for this translation are an amalgam of selected footnotes added to later editions of Capitulos de história colonial by José Honório Rodrigues and notes added to the translation itself by Professor Stuart Schwartz [SBS]. The list of sources has been extracted from the information in the notes to the Brazilian editions. Owing to at times inconsistant data in the footnotes and the limitations of some of the finest research libraries, it has not always been possible to supply all the bibliographical data (e.g., dates, publishers, and pages) researchers have come to expect in historical works.


CHAPTER ONE: INDIGENOUS ANTECEDENTS
1.
Wilhelm Ludwig yon Eschwege ( 1777-1855) has been called the "father of Brazilian geology." Born in Germany and educated at the University of Göttingen, he was employed as a geologist and mineralogist by the Crown of Portugal. He came to Brazil in 1810 and remained there for more than a decade. He published more than 20 scientific works on Brazilian geology, but Abreu here refers to his study of the decline of Brazilian mining, especially in Minas Gerais.

This book, Pluto brasiliensis ( Berlin: G. Reiner, 1833) contained much historical information. There is a useful modern edition in Portuguese. See Pluto brasiliensis, 2 vols., ed. trans. Domício de Figueiredo Mário Ferri Murta, (Belo Horizonte: Itatiaia, 1979)- [SBS]

2.
Emil August Goeldi ( 1859-1917), a Swiss naturalist who went to Brazil in 1854, lived and worked in the Amazon region. He founded and directed the Natural History Museum of Belém now named for him. He was chiefly instrumen

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