Slavery in Brazil: A Few Examples from Historical Newspapers
Advertisements offering rewards for those who captured fugitive slaves can also be found in Brazil’s newspapers. In this 1827 example from Jornal do Commercio, the slave owner warns citizens about his missing slave:
Rent good slave that serves for complete service in a house; who may wish him can come look at it at Ouvidor Street, number 113.
Missing, since February 17, a slave called Domingos, Mozambique Nation, of age 35 to 40 years old: took with him shirt and cotton pants, and calico jacket, and also some iron on the neck and is currently around Mata Porcos, Sao Cristovao, Formosa Beach and also Canos Street and new Sao Bento, doing delivery and saying he needs to give the newspaper to his Lord (owner). Whoever apprehends and takes him to S. Cristovao Street number 65 will receive a gratuity, and protests will be held against those who are giving him shelter.
Slave auctions were also frequently advertised in local papers, an example of which can be seen in this item from the April 1854 issue of Jornal do Commercio:
Slavery in Brazil was finally abolished on May 13, 1888, when Princess Isabel enacted the Golden Law (Lei Áurea).³ Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1800-1922. For more information on these two World Newspaper Archive collections, created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries, please contact email@example.com. Notes ¹ Pure History. (2012, May 11). History of Brazil. Retrieved August 23, 2012, from http://purehistory.org/events/12978/history-of-brazil.html ² Sousa, R. (2012). Escravidão no Brasil. Retrieved August 23, 2012, from Brasil Escola: http://www.brasilescola.com/historiab/escravidao-no-brasil.htm ³ Olivieri, A. C. (n.d.). Princesa Isabel sancionou a lei que pôs fim à escravidão. Retrieved August 22, 2012, from UOL: http://educacao.uol.com.br/historia-brasil/lei-aurea-princesa-isabel-sancionou-a-lei-que-pos-fim-a-escravidao.jhtm
Friday, this 28th, at Ouvidor Street #90Slave Auction At J. Bouis House