|Title:||Companhia Geral do Comércio do Brasil act of incorporation|
The Companhia Geral do Comércio do Brasil (General Company for Trade of Brazil) was a monopoly created under the reign of John IV of Portugal (1640-1656) in Portugal . Founded in 1649 in the context of the second Dutch invasion of Brazil (1630-1654), it was intended to assist in the resistance to invaders, promoting the recovery of agricultural products, e.g., sugar, in the region. The main function was to provide African slave to northeastern Brazil and to ensure the safe transport of sugar to Europe.
The act of incorporation and by-laws of Companhia Geral para o Estado do Brazil, executed in Lisbon on March 8, 1649; Royal Charter of approval, dated March 8, 1649; and Decree authorizing the use of no more than 36 warships to safeguard and convoy vessels voyaging to Brazil. Also included is a Royal Decree March 11, 1649, authorizing Antonio Alveres to print the terms and conditions of said Companhia. Printed in Lisbon by Antonio Alveres, Royal Printer of the King Our Lord, 1649.
Companhia Geral do Comércio do Brasil act of incorporation, ms 507. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.