02/06 – Dandara dos Palmares

A modern interpretation of warrior queen Dandara. (Youtube) On this day in 1694, warrior queen Dandara, a leader of free Alagoan Afro-Brazilians, committed suicide in order to avoid enslavement. Dandara was renowned throughout Alagoas for her expertise in capoeira - a form of martial combat developed by Brazilian slaves - and since a young age,…