Política e Administração no Mundo Luso-Brasileiro
Starting from the principle that the personal correspondence of Portuguese administrators constitutes a precious source for the elucidation of aspects of quotidian life at the heart of the empire, the article meticulously lays out the details of the strategies and maneuvers undertaken by a noble family, the Almeida Portugals. Dom Pedro Miguel, the family’s head, occupied successive positions in the colonial administration, finally becoming the Marquês of Alorna during the Indian vice-royalty. The article’s analysis emphasizes one letter in particular, written in 1749, where Dom Pedro Miguel’s first-born son relates the family’s trauma as it was pushed into mourning by the disappearance of the mother and one of the sisters. At the same time, the article paints an impressive portrait of the pettiness of noble life in Joanine Portugal.
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