Sunday, January 28, 2007
Quilombos started as illegal, autonomous human communities in Brazil. Mostly made up of escaped slaves, there were also indigenous Brazilians and disenfrachized settlers of European decent. People of the Quilombos militarily resisted destruction by the Brazilian military and bounty hunters. The most famous of the communities was Palmares, which existed for 94 years before being defeated (after a string of victories) by the Portugeuse military. At its height, Palmares population was 30,000.