Angola Janga: Kingdom of Runaway Slaves

Fantagraphics. Jun. 2019. 432p. maps. bibliog. ISBN 9781683961918. $39.99. HIST
Brazil’s east coast, 1600–1740. Portugal establishes sugarcane plantations and buys millions of enslaved Africans as labor. But during the temporary Dutch occupation, many escape to hidden fugitive communities known as mocambos. Angola Janga, also called Palmares, is a group of mocambos that the Portuguese aim to destroy despite heroic escapee resistance. With moody, heavily shaded black linework, D’Salete dramatizes the harrowing struggle by focusing on individual Africans and Portuguese, some characters based on real people.

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