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Another Transocean traffic: the emigration of engaged workers from the Portuguese possessions of Macao and Mozambique in the nineteenth century world economy

Grant number: 18/00615-9
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: June 01, 2018 - May 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal Investigator:Paulo Cesar Goncalves
Grantee:Paulo Cesar Goncalves
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


The research proposes to study the emigration of Chinese by the port of Macao and Africans of Mozambique from the mid-nineteenth century to the tropical plantation areas as a complementation or substitution of slave labor, in the perspective of the transoceanic trade of indentured labor. The engagement of these workers was directly related to the intensification of demand for low-cost labor in the commodity producing regions under the aegis of world trade growth. The central hypothesis considers that the two possessions corresponded to a specific part of the Portuguese empire that inserted itself peripherally, fulfilling function within the international division of labor in the capitalist world economy as supplier of work force. (AU)