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Atlantic connections: Angola and Pernambuco in the construction of the Habsburg Colonial Empire (1590-1630)

Grant number: 20/06789-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Pedro Luis Puntoni
Grantee:Alec Ichiro Ito
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):22/12805-2 - Knowledge, memories, and Iberian archives in the government of Brazil and Angola (1590-1630): Portuguese front, BE.EP.DR   22/12806-9 - Knowledge, memories, and Iberian archives in the government of Brazil and Angola (1590-1630): Spanish front, BE.EP.DR


Emphasizing the importance of a comparative and interconnected analysis, we propose a study about the relationship between Angola and Pernambuco from 1590 to 1630. It is a crucial period for the consolidation of the Habsburg Colonial Empire in the South Atlantic, during the labor force reformulation in Brazil and the consolidation of the slave trade in Angola. Our main proposes are: (I) to identify the relations of production and labor in Pernambuco and Angola and examine the Habsburg participation in the Atlantic slavery; (II) to analyze social and political practices among agents and groups during the slave trade era and exploration of labor force; (III) to sort out the relations between the House of Habsburg and the production base. A minor propose is (IV) to make available some manuscript transcriptions until now unpublished. Finally, we shall outline two hypotheses. Firstly, the existence of an Ibero-Atlantic project to the dominance relationship. Secondly, the suggestion of a socio-political contract renegotiation, at this moment, between centers and peripheries. Our method is empirical, materialistic and exercise an analytical scope capable of approaching and distancing, ascending and descending, the standpoint. Ultimately, our concerns engage a História Atlântica similar to what Americans call Atlantic History, French historians name Monde Atlantique and the British may allocate in Global Studies, underlining the Brazilian and Portuguese contribution to the subject. (AU)

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