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Blaer’s diary also opens a small window on the nature of society and power within the quilombo, though we must interpret what he writes with caution. Before his arrival, he writes, this particular settlement of Palmares had “all sorts of artisans and its king ruled with severe justice, not allowing witches among his people and, when some negroes ran away, he would send creoles after them who, when caught, were killed, and thus there reigned fear amongst them.” Later narratives claim that a kind of temporary slavery was imposed upon slaves who had been liberated from sugar plantations by quilombo raiders.  – See more at: http://www.culturalsurvival.org/ourpublications/csq/article/quilombo-brazilian-maroons-during-slavery#sthash.bCUb2YGI.dpuf

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