Africans represent the single largest group of arrivals in Brazil. This talk discusses their ethnic origins, geographical distribution after arrival, and contribution to the formation of a national culture. It then focuses on the experience of the Yoruba and other arrivals from the Bight of Benin in Bahia, their main destination in Brazil.
João J. Reis is Professor of History at the Universidade Federal da Bahia. He is the author of Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia and Death Is a Festival: Funeral Rites and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Brazil, among other works.
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