In the history of Brazil, Colonial Brazil, officially the Viceroyalty of Brazil comprises the period from 1500, with the arrival of the Portuguese, until 1815, when Brazil was elevated to kingdom alongside Portugal as the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves.During the over 300 years...
that developed from 1605 until its suppression in 1694. It was located in what is today the Brazil
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ian state of Alagoas
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The modern tradition has been to call the settlement the Quilombo of Palmares. Quilombos were settlements mainly of runaway
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and free-born enslaved African people
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. The Quilombos came into existence when Africans began arriving in Brazil in the mid 1530s and grew significantly as slavery expanded.
No contemporary document calls Palmares a quilombo, instead the term mocambos
The mocambos were village-sized communities mainly of runaway slaves in colonial Brazil, during the Portuguese rule....