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  • Over three centuries, Brazil received 4,000,000 Africans, over four times as many as any other American destination.
  • The first slave ships were brought by the Portuguese Martim Afonso de Sousa in 1532. 
  • When arriving in Brazil, African was called the peça (piece) and sold at leilões públicos polished their teeth, shaved their hair, applied oils to hide the body diseases and make the skin shine as they were fattened to ensure a good price.  
  • Slavery started in Brazil because of the increased demand for sugar.
  • The sugar plantation system became entirely dependent on African slave labor.
  •  African slaves were brought into Brazil as early as 1530, with abolition in 1888.
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