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Colonial rice in the Portuguese enlightened reforms (1750 - 1808)

Grant number: 19/12541-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2019
Effective date (End): August 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal researcher:Rafael de Bivar Marquese
Grantee:Alberto Camargo Portella
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The research aims to analyze the economic discourses produced by the Portuguese Enlightened Reforms in the end of the Eighteenth and the beginnings of the Nineteenth Century, which were directed to agricultural diversification. The objective is to analyze these texts, granting especial place to the development of risiculture. Agronomic memories sponsored or not by the Portuguese scientific institutions, texts written by Luso-american statesmen, and the correspondence between authorities situated in Portugal and the Portuguese America will be the sources which will allow see how the metropolitan economic discourses as well as the American agriculture changed through those years. Furthermore, the discussions related to the colonial rice will be examined taking into consideration its world market. In other words, considering the connections among global production, commerce and consumption of the cereal. Portugal, originally an importer of rice cultivated in different places, such as South Carolina and the Italic Peninsula, developed its own production in the end of the Eighteenth Century, emulating technics and seeking production improvements. These initiatives were revealed, for instance, in the agronomic texts written in the period. (AU)

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