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July 11, 2014

“Brazil was the last country in the Western world to abolish slavery.

By the time it was abolished, in 1888, an estimated four million slaves had been imported from Africa to Brazil, 40% of the total number of slaves brought to the Americas.” By contrast, as Wikipedia explains, North America was small potatoes:
A total of about 600,000 slaves were imported into the Thirteen Colonies and the U.S, constituting 5% of the twelve million slaves brought from Africa to the Americas. The great majority of African slaves were transported to sugar colonies in the Caribbean and to Brazil. As life expectancy was short, their numbers had to be continually replenished. Life expectancy was much higher in the U.S. and the slave population began to reproduce; enslaved peoples’ numbers grew rapidly, reaching 4 million by the 1860 Census. From 1770 until 1860, the rate of natural growth of North American enslaved people was much greater than for the population of any nation in Europe, and was nearly twice as rapid as that of England.
But Brazil is rarely mentioned in connection with slavery for one simple reason. It ain’t got no money. Race guilt — and guilt in general — is directly proportional to wealth. Belmont Club » Ethnicity: Poor

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 11, 2014 10:06 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"Brazil is rarely mentioned..."
Well, they DO flash their tits and ass a lot, and FAR fewer folks can "make shit up" in Portuguese.

Posted by: CaptDMO [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2014 7:45 AM

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