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WEEK 5 Chapter by Mary Karasch on Palmares for Discussion Sections 1. What were quilombos and mocambos? Mocambos and Quilombos were settlements of fugitive slaves in colonial Brazil. They essientially are definied as the same thing, however, were just used in different areas. Quilombo’s was a fortified camp in Angola. An alternative term, Mocambo, was used more frequently in the Northeast to describe a small encampment where a group of slaves could hide from their masters like the case of Palmares. 2. How was Palmares organized to provide for its inhabitants and guard their freedom? Palmares was an autonomous community in the interior of the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco. Under Zumbi, Palmares posed a military threat to Portuguese colonial society on the coast. In order to provide for its inhabitants they would raid nearby Luso- Brazilian settlements and plantations. Palmares essentially existed on an economy based on subsistence agriculture, fishing, hunting, trading, and raiding. However, each family was supposed to contribute their surplus for the benefit of the Mocambo and to be set aside for emergencies, especially for drought and the sick. With the additional surplus,
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