Visões da fauna e flora da Amazônia em dois raros folhetos portugueses do século XVIII incentivando a emigração
Keywords:Immigration, Amazon, Mato Grosso, Isidoro de Couto, Caetano Paes da Silva, Brazilian Nature, 18th Century.
Published in Portugal in 1754, the leaflet entitled "Relação e notícia da gente que nesta segunda monção chegou ao sítio do Grão-Pará e às terras do Mato Grosso" [Relation and notice of the people that in this second voyage arrived at the site of Grão-Pará and the lands of Mato Grosso] shows the advantages that possible immigrants would enjoy by establishing themselves in the Grão-Pará and Mato Grosso. A second leaflet, anonymous and undated, called "Relação curiosa do sitio do Grão Pará e das terras de Mato Grosso" [A curious relation of the site of Grão-Pará and of the lands of Mato Grosso] seems to have been published in Portugal some time after that first one, with the same purpose. Both pamphlets are exceedingly rare and went unnoticed by most specialists on Colonial Brazil subjects, although representing a valuable witness not only of the propaganda efforts dedicated to the peopling of the Amazon, but also of the vision of Brazilian nature current among certain circles of Portuguese society during the 18th century.
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