The Forgotten Story of Brazil's First Black Baron Empire - Banker, Businessman, and Master of a Thousand Slaves

The Forgotten Story of Brazil's First Black Baron Empire - Banker, Businessman, and Master of a Thousand Slaves

Mineiro Francisco Paulo de Almeida, known as the Baron of Guaraciaba, is seen as the most financially successful black man in pre-republican Brazil.

Almeida was part of a small group of mestizos of African origin who managed to ascend financially and socially.Monica de Souza Destro / family archive / BBC BRASILA prosperous Brazilian farmer and banker in Empire times, who owns huge coffee farms, hundreds of slaves, businesses, palaces, railways, hydroelectric power plant and, to complete the icing on the cake, a self-appointed baron title. Princess Isabel .The biography of Minas Gerais businessman Francisco Paulo de Almeida, Baron de Guaraciaba, would not be very different from other nobles of the time were not an important detail: he was black in a slave country .In the year that the Golden Law turns 130, it is worth knowing the trajectory of the first and most successful black baron of the Empire, a character virtually unknown in the history of Brazil.A full-fledged entrepreneur with a strong business acumen in a still largely agrarian country, he has a trajectory reminiscent of another entrepreneurial baron of the Empire, this fa...


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