"African Warrior Princess of Brazil: Aqualtune, New World Freedom Fighter"

Presented by Sharonah Fredrick

Assistant Director, ACMRS

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:00pm at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ

Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation and Project Humanities at Arizona State University

About the Program

Born a princess in the Congo at the end of the 16th century, Aqualtune is one of the great-and in English, virtually unknown-figures of the Brazilian Renaissance. A revered sovereign in Africa, she valiantly fought the Portuguese slave expeditions as well as those of their African allies; eventually captured and sent to Brazil, Aqualtune became one of the leading figures in the establishment of free Black communities which challenged the authority of Imperial Portugal until the end of the colonial period. The communities that Aqualtune founded became inter-racial havens whose example remains an inspiration of cultural coexistence in Brazil to this day.

About Sharonah Fredrick

Sharonah Fredrick is the Assistant Director at ACMRS and is currently finishing her doctorate in Hispanic Literature at Stony Brook University. Her work focuses on the impact of the Early Modern Period in Latin America and on the effects of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests on the Native American peoples and on Africans in the New World. She is particularly interested in the manifestations of Pre-Columbian religion in epics authored in Latin America in the 16th-18th centuries, and issues of cultural survival and religious syncretism. Sharonah speaks four languages fluently: Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and English, with some Arabic as well. She also enjoys exploring the world of Celtic pre-Christian myth, and the medieval literature of Sephardic Jewish culture, both before and after the 1492 expulsion, in Spain and the New World. Sharonah has an MA in Renaissance and Medieval History from Tel Aviv University, as well as a BA in Latin American Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo, and a TEFL English Teaching Certificate from the International TEFL Teachers Consortium (ITTO) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

For Further Reading

Slavery in Brazil (10th edition) by Herbert Klein, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Children of God's Fire: A Documentary History of Black Slavery in Brazil by R. Edgar Conrad, Ed., Princeton Press, 1983.
Brazil by Solena Bryant, Oxford Univ. Press, 1985.