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In Brazil, a quilombo (from Angolan quimbundo, “assemblage, fortified camp, settlement”) was a fortified settlement of fugitive slaves, in which aboriginals and socially disadvantaged whites sometimes also sought refuge. During the era of slavery (1532–1888), there were hundreds of quilombos. The most famous, Palmares (1602–1695), was leveled after long resistance and its leader Zumbi beheaded on Nov 20, 1695. That date became the symbol of resistance for the black (and today Afro-Brazi…

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Beozzo, José Oscar, “Quilombo”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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