Pijning to discuss colonial Brazil taxation
April is tax-filing month, and Ernst Pijning, history professor, gives taxation a historical spin in "How the King Became the Smuggler: Trade and Society in 18th-Century Brazil," April 3. This Northwest Art Center lecture, free and open to the public, is in Aleshire Theater at 7 p.m.
"In 18th century Brazil, the Portuguese king's power to levy duties on products became increasingly under attack. Just like the Bostonian patriots dumped British tea in the harbor in 1773, Brazilians also defied the Portuguese right to tax their external commerce," Pijning said.
Pijning will address the right to tax, and how the issue of taxation has become central in the discussion of Brazilian history. Pijning's remarks are drawn from "Controlling Contraband: Economy, Mentality and Society in 18th Century Rio de Janeiro," a book he is writing about 18th century Brazilian economy and society.
Pijning possesses a master's degree from the University of Leiden, Netherlands, and master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
A question-and-answer period and informal reception will follow the presentation.