The ‘Civilisation Guild’ and the ‘Engineers of Depression’: The Case of S. Thomé Cocoa

  • Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo
Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)


A justificatory memorandum from 1906 about the model of native labour employed in the Portuguese colonies — which was designed to respond to the ‘propaganda, lately renewed with insistence’ that was being levelled at the working conditions, particularly in S. Thomé and Príncipe — emphasised the enduring attention the Portuguese authorities devoted to their colonial possessions. The ‘principles of the humanitarian and civilising tutelage’ that governed the actions of the Portuguese colonial administration could be confirmed in the intense torrent of legal acts that provided the framework for Portugal’s presence in the colonies for half a century.1


Corporal Punishment Native Labour Chocolate Manufacturer Cocoa Plantation Colonial Administration 
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  • Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo
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  1. 1.Institute of Social SciencesUniversity of LisbonPortugal

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