This chapter provides a case study of João and Diogo Nunes during the First Visitation of the Inquisition to Brazil (1591–1595). The Nunes brothers were part of a broader commercial network of New Christian merchant families who controlled the sugar trade in northeastern Brazil during its rapid expansion in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. However, the social ascendency of New Christians in colonial Brazil threatened the existing elite who used the Inquisition to banish them via spurious denunciations. Using Inquisition testimony, this chapter will underscore the importance of New Christian networks to the sugar trade. It was their success, which both brought them to the attention of the Inquisition and saved them by virtue of royal intervention.
|Title of host publication||Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Imperial Expansion, and Exile, 1550-1850|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam Netherlands|
|Publisher||Amsterdam University Press|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- Sugar tradce
- colonial brazil