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Denaturalization of indigenous peoples in times of just war in the Capitanias do Norte (c.1680-1755)

Grant number: 22/12095-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2023
Effective date (End): May 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal Investigator:Camila Loureiro Dias
Grantee:Victor André Costa da Silva
Supervisor: Angela Maria Vieira Domingues
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:21/12077-4 - Denaturalization of indigenous peoples in times of just war in the Capitanias Do Norte (c.1680-1755), BP.DR


This research project in Portugal aims to investigate in documents preserved in Portuguese collections, the imposition of the practice of denaturalization of Indians during the period of the so-called Barbarian War, which occurred in the Capitanias do Norte (from Recôncavo Bahia to Rio Grande), between 1650 and 1720. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, in the context of the war of conquest in Hispanic and Portuguese America, the denaturalization of Indians consisted in the removal of captive Indians from their original locations to be sent to other parts of the colony. The period in Portugal will allow the analysis of documentary collections from the National Library of Portugal (BNP), the National Archive of Torre do Tombo (ANTT), the Ajuda Library (BA), and the Library of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (BACL). The doctoral internship will be supervised by Ângela Domingues, professor at the University of Lisbon and researcher at CHAM-Centro de Humanidades (UNOVA). The research internship is intended to assess the hypothesis that denaturalization in Portuguese America was used in order to meet at least two objectives: one of a geopolitical nature, by removing the Indians from their territories and disintegrating their actions of mobilization and warfare; and the other of an economic nature, through the sale of captives and their alienation as a labor force in the remitted spaces, as well as the possibility of colonial advance in the backlands in favor of the expansion of livestock. (AU)

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