LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||18/NOV/2011 6:50 PM|
|Assunto:||Mocambo vs. Quilombo|
One of the many things that have fascinated me about Brazil has been the quilombo. The only quilombos in the USA of which I am aware were in Florida among the Seminole Indians. Fugitive slaves normally fled to the North (states in the northeastern corner of the USA did not have slaves), possibly crossing into Canada. A few went westward, finding safety and freedom among Indian tribes. I have read about Palmares, of course. In Rio Grande do Sul I went to the Vale dos Quilombos very near Gramado and to the hamlet of Quilombo near Taquará. Near Campos de Jordão there are a grotto and a "morro" that were once homes to escaped slaves. Some historians believe that as many as 500 quilombos existed in Brazil at one time or another.
What is the difference, if any, between a quilombo and a mocambo?
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