Workshop in Early Modern History: “From Brazil to West Africa: Dutch-Portuguese rivalry and African Politics in the Bight of Benin (ca. 1637-ca.1750)”


Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 4:30pm


Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street

Roquinaldo Ferreira (Brown University)

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:

Sponsors:The Workshop in Early Modern History
Co-sponsored by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute.

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