Meaning of Quilombo

What is Quilombo:

A quilombo can be a palenque of maroon blacks, a mess or uproar, a complicated or difficult thing, a brothel or a remote place.

The word quilombo is a voice of African origin, which comes from the Kimbundu language, a Bantu language spoken in Angola.

Originally, in the times of slavery, the word quilombo designated a cumbe or palente where the maroon blacks, escaped from their slave masters, fled to live in relative freedom, outside the control of the colonial authority.

Quilombos were places organized politically as a community around the authority of a leader or chief. In general, they were in remote places, but close to caves and water sources.

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