Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History 2020
DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.626
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Indigenous Peoples and the Portuguese Crown in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Abstract: The native populations of Portuguese America were essential for the implementation of the Portuguese colonial project. Their labor was indispensable in constructing the colony, and political alliances with native peoples ensured the success of the conquest at several crucial moments, and only with the aid of native knowledge it was possible to occupy the land and advance the conquest of the immense territory that became known as Brazil. In this sense, peace was a necessity. Yet, in highlighting … Show more

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