Salvador da Bahia (1546)

On March 29, 1546, the city of Salvador da Bahia was founded.  Salvador de Bahia was the first capital of Brazil and is one of the oldest European cities in the Americas.   As of 1558, the city was the first slave market in the New World, with slaves kidnapped from Africa and sold for brutal work on the sugar plantations and other forms of labor. In 1985, UNESCO designated the city as a World Heritage Site; many of the city’s Renaissance mansions are still preserved. (Please note: Image is from the Slave Market in Valongo in 1830, but it was the closest depiction of an early Brazilian slave market that we could locate. If you have a better suggestion, please contact us at ouramericanhistory@gmail.com. Thank you.)