Forced convict labor provided the Portuguese with solutions to the
growing criminal population at home and the lack of infrastructure
in Angola and Mozambique. In Convict Labor in the Portuguese
Empire, Timothy J. Coates examines the role of large numbers of
convicts in Portuguese Africa from 1800 until 1932. This work
examines the numbers, rationale, and realities of convict labor
(largely) in Angola during this period, but Mozambique is a
secondary area, as well as late colonial times in Brazil. This is a
unique, first study of an experiment in convict labor in Africa
directed by a European power; it will be welcomed by scholars of
Africa and New Imperialism, as well as those interested in law and
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