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Higgins’ Licentious Liberty

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The paper talks about Higgins Licentious Liberty, on how slavery shaped the colonial society in Manis Gerais in Brazil.

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According to Higgins’ Licentious Liberty, slavery shaped colonial society in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in a number of ways, most of which can be said to be positive, particularly in the early half of the 19th century when Minas Gerais became the Portuguese key focus. As a result of the presence of diamonds and gold, the colony became immensely profitable during the time when the Northeast sugar economy was experiencing most severe downturns. In responding to these conditions, resources and population deserted the place to move to Minas Gerais………….

According to Higgins, the circumstances of mining and the demographic realities of slavery only meant transformative ways owing to the manner in which slaves experienced their bondage as aforementioned above. In fact, they sought relief or a change in their legal status using peaceful means rather than violence because of the formal education and wealth that both freed slaves and those in bondage had…………………………

Higgins’ Licentious Liberty is an exposition of the predominant white oppression over the slaves who were resigned to working without pay. The book adds a special dimension to the slavery debate by examining the role gender played in the slave trade evolution. Non-white women played a significant role in the slave trade business as they became increasingly important. Initially, the gender dynamics of Minas Gerais was such that the slave owners were predominantly white male individuals who……………………

However, women of color slowly started becoming an integral part of the slave trade gender configuration as they became inculcated into the business. With the gender oppression during that time, they were forced into working as sex traders in the mines. Because of the subdued voices of women in the society at that time, there were no individuals who would advocate for the rights of these women. Consequently, the population of women in the eighteenth century Minas grew significantly (Higgins 40)……………

Colonial Latin America was one of the thriving lands of slave trade in the sixteenth century. White settlers who infiltrated the land found a primitive predominantly dark community that majorly focused on hunting as the main economic activity…………………