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By Gerald Horne

During its heyday within the 19th century, the African slave alternate used to be fueled by way of the shut courting of the USA and Brazil. The private South tells the annoying tale of the way U.S. nationals - earlier than and after Emancipation -- persevered to actively perform this odious trade through growing diplomatic, social, and political ties with Brazil, which this day has the most important inhabitants of African beginning open air of Africa itself.

Proslavery americans started to speed up their presence in Brazil within the 1830s, growing alliances there—sometimes pleasant, frequently contentious—with Portuguese, Spanish, British, and different international slave investors to shop for, promote, and shipping African slaves, quite from the japanese seashores of that beleaguered continent. Spokesmen of the Slave South drew up formidable plans to grab the Amazon and improve this zone by way of deporting the enslaved African-Americans there to toil. whilst the South seceded from the Union, it obtained major aid from Brazil, which accurately assumed accomplice defeat will be a mortal blow to slavery south of the border. After the Civil warfare, many Confederates, with slaves in tow, sought safe haven in addition to the survival in their abnormal establishment in Brazil.

Based on large examine from records on 5 continents, Gerald Horne breaks startling new flooring within the historical past of slavery, uncovering its international dimensions and the levels to which its defenders went to keep up it.

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