Classic Histories from the Portuguese-Speaking World in Translation
Brazil at the Dawn of the Eighteenth Century
Brazil at the Dawn of the Eighteenth Century
André João Antonil;
Timothy Coates, trans.;
Stuart B. Schwartz, pref.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2012 . 246 pp. 13 illus. 6 x 9"
History / Latin American History / Brazil

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-44-3
$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-933227-51-1


Antonil's great work, recognized as fundamental for understanding the colonial Brazilian economy, now available in its first English translation

First published in 1711, Brazil at the Dawn of the Eighteenth Century describes the four major economic activities of the Brazilian colony. Half the book is devoted to the sugar industry and the social world of those who grew the sugarcane. Other sections give a detailed view of the tobacco industry. Further, this work describes where and how gold was extracted, the new and old routes connecting Minas Gerais with the coast, and the rough-and-tumble world of the miners. Antonil concludes with discussion of the economic importance of cattle, and information on Brazilian exports and taxes. No other work provides this level of eyewitness detail.


“There is no book that better captures the social and economic basis of Brazil in its early history.” - Stuart B. Schwartz, Yale University

“Antonil’s book is essential to understanding the society and economy of colonial Brazil and stands as one of the most important works from the colonial period in the Americas.” - Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, University of Paris-Sorbonne

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