to the quilombo of Palmares, Brazil’s largest maroon community!

Palmares was a fascinating community of escaped enslaved Africans located deep within Brazil’s rugged interior. At its peak, Palmares was home to up to 30,000 people [1] and lasted for nearly the entirety of the sixteenth century.[2] The quilombo of Palmares resulted in the mixing of African and European cultural elements, creating entirely new cultural beliefs and practices in the process. While not directly located on the coast, Brazil’s largest quilombo presents an outstanding opportunity to examine how Atlantic and global processes were able to affect interior areas and create lasting cultural influences.

[1] Rout, Leslie B, “Race and Slavery in Brazil.” The Wilson Quarterly (1976-) 1, no. 1 (1976): 84.

[2] Kent, R. K, “Palmares: An African State in Brazil.” The Journal of African History 6, no. 2 (1965): 161.