|Product Name||Family And Frontier In Colonial Brazil: Santana De Parnaiba, 1580-1822|
|Category||Book / Magazine / Publication|
|Amazon.com||Buy on Amazon ~ 0520075749|
|Price New||27.00 US Dollars (curriencies)|
|Price Used||4.05 US Dollars (curriencies)|
|Width||6.25 inches (convert)|
|Height||9.25 inches (convert)|
|Length||0.75 inches (convert)|
|Author||Alida C. Metcalf|
|Long Description||Colonial families in the Brazilian town of Santana de Parnaíba lived on the fringe of settlement in a vast and perilous continent. In her revealing community history, Metcalf tells how these settlers pursued family strategies that adapted European custom to the American environment. Turning to recorded events such as marriages, baptisms, and especially inheritances, she discovers that as the newcomers transformed the wilderness into a settled agricultural community, they laid the foundation for a class society of planters, peasants, and slaves. With an engaging description of family life at all three levels of society, the author shows how the families most successful in exploiting and controlling the resources of the wilderness gained wealth, power, and social dominance. Metcalf challenges accepted views by contending that not only external economic forces but also colonial family strategies paved the way for an inegalitarian society in Brazil. Her portrayal of frontier survival and coping, together with the heedless exploitation of wilderness resources, brings a historical perspective to the consideration of Brazil's last frontier, the Amazon.|
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