Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Confederados For Western Wednesday...!

Although not actually a part of our west, this story could be considered western just because of the time frame.

There were some turbulent times after the civil war, and many folks reacted in ways far beyond what you would expect. It's an interesting part of our history we should be aware of.

Who were the Confederados?
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 By Evan Andrews


confederados, south america, brazil Credit: Buyenlarge/Getty Images

In the years after the Civil War ended, thousands of defiant and disillusioned Confederates fled Reconstruction-era Dixie and headed even farther south to Latin America. Some settled in Mexico and Venezuela, but the lion’s share sailed for Brazil, a former Confederate ally and one of the few countries in the Americas where slavery was still legal. Brazil’s Emperor Dom Pedro II first began luring the colonists in 1866 with newspaper ads and promises of land subsidies. Despite being publically urged not to go by the likes of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, some 10,000 disgruntled Southerners eventually took him up on his offer. Tropical diseases and primitive living conditions saw may of them call it quits and return home, but a few put down roots and began cultivating cotton, sugar and coffee. Settlements sprang up with names like “New Texas,” and their unreconstructed residents became known as “Confederados.”

The Confederados eventually learned Portuguese and intermarried with Brazilian natives, but they also entrenched themselves in rural outposts with Protestant churches, English-language schools and Southern cooking and culture. The most successful settlement was located near Santa Barbara d’Oeste, where a group led by former Alabama Senator William Norris forged a thriving farming community and established a nearby town called Americana. Descendants of the Norris colony and other Confederate exile groups remain in Brazil to this day, and they still celebrate their unusual heritage with an annual “Festa Confederada.” A few even kept their Southern drawl. When future President Jimmy Carter visited the Santa Barbara d’Oeste region in 1972, he was astonished to find that many of its residents spoke English with a South Georgia accent.

There ya go. A touch of western with a slightly different tilt to it! Does that work for Western Wednesday?

Coffee in the kitchen this morning.

9 comments:

deborah harvey said...

when i buy enamelware- spatterware-- i buy mexican. that company was formed by confederadoes who went to mexico.
i want to support my dixie brothers and sisters if only in a small way.

HermitJim said...

Hey Deborah...
I think that is so cool! Imagine the history behind that company!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Never heard of them before, I don't think, especially not in conjunction with spatterware.
Speaking of not hearing from - anyone know anything about Dizzy Dick? It's been a week since he posted, and he usually gives a heads-up if he's gonna be away. I'm more than a little worried about him ...

Chickenmom said...

Haven't heard from Mamahen, either. What's going on??

linda m said...

This is a new story for me. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this story.

JO said...

I enjoyed learning about this bit of history,

I know that Dizzy's son is or was in town maybe they are busy catching up.

We are at 52 degrees this morning and wet, wet. Started raining about 9 pm and hasn't stopped since.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sis...
Haven't heard from Dizzy or Mamahen. Hope everythingt is OK.
Thanks for stopping in today!


Hey Phyllis...
Can't help but worry some when a regular stops showing up. Maybe just taking some time off!
Thanks for coming over!


Hey Linda...
Interesting story, isn't it? Never know what you may find at the Hermit's.
Thanks for the visit this morning!


Hey Jo...
Glad you enjoyed the post. You may be right about Dizzy...
Thanks for dropping by today!

Rob said...

I'd never heard of refugees from that period going that far south, a great story!

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
I hadn't heard of them either until I found this article. Learn something new everyday!
Thanks for coming by this morning!