Demand for African Slaves: The Role of New Christians from Rio de Janeiro

  • Online
  • 15:30-17:00

Our Visiting Fellow, Elissa Pereira dos Santos, will deliver a lecture on the results of her research at the Canning House Library at King's College London, examining the role of Rio de Janeiro's New Christians in the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans.

Canning House Library Visiting Fellows Series

Demand for African Slaves: The Role of New Christians from Rio de Janeiro

In 2019 Canning House and King’s College London launched a new Visiting Fellowship. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for Latin American academics to enrich their research using the extensive Canning House Library Collection, housed at King’s College London.

In January 2021, we welcomed Elissa Pereira dos Santos, a Doctoral student at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, to London to research how New Christian merchants - Jews who converted to Christianity to avoid the Inquisition - integrated into the 18th century economic and social hierarchies in Brazil and Portugal via the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, using data mining techniques to track this change over time through the historic works of the Library collection. At this event, she will deliver a lecture on her findings.


Marcial Echenique

Project Director, Egis Group; Trustee, Canning House

Catherine Boyle

Head of Department, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King's College London


Elissa Pereira dos Santos

Canning House Library Visiting Fellow


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