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It would, however, have been impossible for the French to maintain themselves in Rio therefore Duguay Trouin, atter refreshing his people, ransomed thé city for 600,000 cruzadoes. Bad weather alone prevented him from laying waste the reconcave of Bahia, as he had done Rio but he had Mnlled thé ostensible purpose of his voyage by avenging the treatment of Duclerc and his people, and returned to France early in 1*712. Thèse circumstances had awakened. the greatest anxiety on account of Brazil in the cabinet of Lisbon and at the peace ofUtrecht, 1713, 32 INTRODUCTION.
Side of thé Friars, and the most disgraceful scenes took place in various captaincies between thé parties, the Governors being either not able or not willing to interfere with enect. E 2 28 INTRODUCTION. Meantime, however, the people became accustomed to canvass and to understand public questions their governors began to respect them as a real part of the estate and a value for independence, and a feeling that to attain it was in their own power, grew out of these disorders. Had it been possible to have purified their religion from some of its most superstitious observances, and to reform thé moral habits of thé people, the prosperity of the country would soon have been but wherever slavery is established it brings a equal to its means twofold curse with it.
But the Portuguese, who had hoped that the Dutch had only come to plunder the city, seeing that they were sitting quietly down as in a permanent establishment, roused themselves, and after some little disagreement as to who should command them, pitched on the Bishop Don Marcos Texeira. He fixed his head-quarters on the Rio Vermelho. The Dutch were weakened by the departure of Willekins for Holland, and of Peter Heyne for Angola, the plan ofthe West India Company being to secure that settlement, in order to have a certain supply of slaves for their new conquests in Brazil.