Publisher description for Family and frontier in colonial Brazil : Santana de Parna‚iba, 1580-1822 / Alida C. Metcalf.
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"This is an exciting book, indeed a pathbreaking book, for it opens new vistas in the history of colonial Latin America. . . . Metcalf skillfully uses the history of one frontier region to illuminate the history of southern Brazil. . . . She masterfully links her region to the general growth and development of the Portuguese colony thereby demonstrating the strengths which local history, case study, demography, and quantitative techniques can make. This is an outstanding contribution to frontier history, family history, and the social history of rural zones."
"Metcalf's excellent, carefully researched case study of rural life in colonial Portuguese Latin America analyzes the process of family adaptation to a changing agricultural frontier in what is now the prosperous state of Saõ
Paulo. . . . The book should interest not only students of Brazilian history but all those concerned with such themes as slavery in the Western hemisphere, the role of women, men, and children in a changing frontier society, and the fate of indigenous populations."
". . . meticulously researched, pioneering work . . . The importance of Professor Metcalf's description and analysis of family and society transcends Santana de Parnaíba in the colonial era, adding more tessera to the mosaic of the economies and societies of Portuguese America and providing an excellent historical framework for an understanding of modern Brazil."
Family and Frontier in Colonial Brazil was originally published by the University of California Press in 1992. Alida Metcalf has written a new preface for this first paperback edition.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Family Brazil Santana de Parna‚iba History, Frontier and pioneer life Brazil Santana de Parna‚iba, Brazil Colonization