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Empire's rapporteurs: Brazilian consular "intelligence" and the combat against the Atlantic slave trade (1847-1872)

Grant number: 18/07798-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Effective date (End): June 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal Investigator:Maria Cristina Cortez Wissenbach
Grantee:Gilberto da Silva Guizelin
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project aims to investigate how, between the ends of the 1840s and early 1870s, was constituted between the consuls of Brazil residing in the ports of the United States, Cuba and Portugal an intelligence network to monitor the participation of the slavers, in other words, Brazilian slave traffickers expatriates after the promulgation of the Eusebio de Queirós Law in 1850.From this study, the objective is to shed light on an even obscured the historiographical studies - whether produced by national researchers, or produced by Brazilianist scholars - about the end of the slave trade to Brazil: the repression of the slave company moved by the Imperial Government beyond the borders of the Empire. Nevertheless, drawing upon the approach of the micro-history, it's also proposes to bring the scene the experiences of a specific group of employees of the old Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs until today neglected by Brazilian historiography of international relations: the agents consular.

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