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Following the claim by Portugal, new settlers soon find the country abounding with wealth. Wealth in the form of fruit, sugar cane, fertile soil and freedom. Portugal allows only men to colonize…no women. Men, being what they are, soon are creating new families using first the indigenous women and later the blacks.
Gold and silver are found in the innards of the land and with slavery rampant in the new country, Portugal becomes a wealthy and more powerful colony. With Brasil sending shiploads precious metal and produce to the mother country.
Young men born in this era often became orphans without opportunity. Rafael was such a man. His adventures began in the focal point of gold production in the little hilly town of Ouro Preto. His education at the hands of a kindly Padre assigned there by Portugal leadership, gives him opportunity, understanding and confidence. If that Padre only could see what happens to his student!