Quick Report: Zumbi

Who was he?

For 25 years Zumbi was “king” of  Quilombro dos Palmares.

Where did he come from?

He was born a free man in the escaped slave colony called the Quilombro.  He was captured at the age of 6 and given to a priest.  The priest taught him Latin and helped with part of the mass.  When he was 16 he escaped and went back.

What did he do then?

When he was 20 he was known as a strategic person.  He fought the Portuguese twice.  The second time the place was destroyed but he escaped with some of the slaves.  For 2 years he avoided capture.  But was finally caught and killed.



  1. This is interesting, Greyson. I want to know more about this man! Why did you pick him for your essay?

  2. I went downtown a few months back on a Saturday. Many of the smaller stores were closed and someone said it was a holiday here in our area. I believe they said it was in honor of Zumbi!

    Interesting to know a little about the man who gets a holiday named after him!

    Good job, Greyson!

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