Colonial Roots of Modern Brazil: Papers of the Newberry Library Conference

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Glossary
Aguardente--Brandy
Alfândega--Customs House
Almoxarife--Receiver of customs
Alferes--Ensign, second-lieutenant
Alqueire--A grain measure, generally 13 liters
Alvará--Royal decree
Aposentador-mor--Chief quartermaster
Arrôba--Unit of weight, normally 32 pounds in the Portuguese empire
Aver do (de) pêso--Public scales for the weight and measurement of commodities
Bandeirante--Explorer, gold-seeker, and Indian slaver
Bando--Proclamation
Caâmara (Senado da)--Municipal council
Capitão-mot--Governor, fortress commander, or administrator of an unincorporated settlement
Capitão de campo e mato--Officer charged with capture of runaway Negro slaves
Carioca--Native of the city of Rio de Janeiro
Carta de doação--Royal charter issued to captains-donatary
Carta régia--Royal decree directed to a particular official or official body
Casa de Suplicação--Appeals tribunal in Portugal
Certidão--Certificate or affadavit
Comarca--Judicial district.
Consulta--Minute(s) of a council meeting; recommendation by council to king
Corregedor--Royal magistrate
Criado--Dependant or servant
Cruzado--Monetary unit worth 400 reis
Desembargador--Senior royal magistrate
Desembargo do Paço--High Court of Justice in Portugal
Emboabas--"Tenderfeet," a derisive term applied by Paulista-

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