Workshop in Early Modern History with Roquinaldo Ferreira

Robinson Hall, Lower Library, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 4:30pm

Roquinaldo Ferreira, Vasco da Gama Associate Professor in the History Department and the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department, Brown University

From Brazil to West Africa: Dutch-Portuguese Rivalry and African Politics in the Bight of Benin (ca. 1637-ca.1750)

This talk (based on a pre-circulated paper) will examine the social and cultural foundations of the slave trade between the Bight of Benin and Brazil in the first half of the eighteenth century, focusing on imperial politics by the kingdom of Whydah and Dahomey towards Brazil, as well as the intense competition  pitting Portuguese against other European merchants.

A copy of the pre-circulated paper can be downloaded at: or as a link from the website schedule:

Co-sponsored with the The Early Modern Studies Group at Harvard University

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