Today in labor history: Zumbi, leader of community of freed slaves, beheaded

On this day in 1695,  Zumbi dos Palmares, leader of a Brazilian state of freed slaves was beheaded by the Portuguese. 

Zumbi helped lead Quilombo de Palmares, a community that organized at its height some 30,000 inhabitants in a territory the size of Portugal.  The maroon community led armed rebellions, encouraged slaves to escape, and withstood an almost century long military assault.  They were finally overcome by superior artillery.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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