The Arbitristas and the colonial Brazil (1590-1640)

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This article reflects on the role of the arbitristas (projectors) and their writings in the government and conservation of Brazil, during the union of Iberian crowns. Despite the existence of a historiography on the arbitristas in Portugal, historians have paid little attention to the study of the arbitrios about colonial Brazil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-170
Number of pages26
JournalAnuario De Estudios Americanos
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Arbitristas
  • Colonial Brazil
  • Portugal
  • Iberian Union
  • Political Culture
  • Seventeenth Century


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