By M. Dantas
This publication is an leading edge comparative research of people of African starting place and descent in city environments of the early smooth Atlantic world. the writer follows those women and men as they try with slavery, negotiations of manumission, and efforts to evolve to a existence in freedom, finally illustrating how their offerings and activities put them at the foreground of the advance of Atlantic city slavery and emancipation.
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The relationship between these two men was not restricted to this transaction. When Cruz made his way to Brazil, he brought with him a great assortment of goods provided by Pinheiro. Thus, as Cruz settled into his new post, he also shouldered the responsibility of working for Pinheiro as his commercial agent in Sabará. During the next two years, Francisco da Cruz did his best to sell all the products he had brought to Sabará, some with greater success than others. The wine supply, for example, sold fairly quickly, according to Cruz’s accounts.
During the next two years, Francisco da Cruz did his best to sell all the products he had brought to Sabará, some with greater success than others. The wine supply, for example, sold fairly quickly, according to Cruz’s accounts. 42 24 B l ac k Tow n s m e n Among other information about his business and the economic environment of Sabará, Francisco da Cruz’s letters to Pinheiro contained several comments on the needs and preferences of this recently formed consumer market. Apparently, white clothes were not much appreciated, but those in blue and green were in great demand.
Finally, the demand for specific products in greater quantities encouraged the formation of larger manufacturing businesses. As people dedicated themselves more exclusively to a main trade or occupation, counting on others to satisfy their various needs, financial exchanges among townspeople, and even some of the population from surrounding areas, intensified, further supporting the growth of these urban economies. Moreover, the development of these activities ultimately generated income for the towns themselves through taxes and regulatory fees, allowing local governments to invest in the improvement of urban structures.