Zumbi de Palmares, 1655 – 1695, leader of the Quilombos de Palmares.
‘NAO FIQUE DE BRACOS CRUZADOS DIANTE DAS DIFICULDADES DA VIDA; POIS ABOUT MAIOR HOMEN DEL MUNDO MORREU DE BRACOS ABERTOS ”
“Despite the difficulties of fate, hard life, do not stand with folded hands, because the world’s largest man died with wide open arms”
Zumbi was born in 1655 as a “free man” in the Quilombos de Palmares. However, his freedom did not last long. During the raid in the same year together with others he was abducted from Quilombos. As a small child, he was sent to Padre Calvo’s father.
Padre Melo called him Francisco and in the following years he brought him up in severe discipline. Francisco was intelligent, so Padre taught him not only religion, but also Portuguese and Latin.
Still, one night in 1670, 15-year-old Francisco fled from Padre Melo and returned to Palmares. In order to get to the closed and protected Quilombo, Francisco had to climb and defeat the high rocks (Serra da barriga), which nobody has yet to overcome.
Zumbi became the Leader of Quilombos and the greatest warrior in Brazilian history. At the age of 23, he quarreled with his uncle, Ganga Zumba, who was also a leader at Quilombos and who wanted to establish an agreement with the White on getting freedom for the people living in Quilombo. Zumbi was against it because he did not trust White. He stayed in Palmares with his followers in order to fight against White.
Zumbi is considered the greatest warrior in Brazilian history, no one has won as many fights as he did. In Brazil, it is a symbol of the fight against slavery.