In the emancipation of slaves in Brazil in 1888, many historians see the end of over four centuries of Atlantic-oriented exploration, encounter, political development and cultural evolution. This period encompassed global events that pre-date Columbus’s landmark voyages to the west, and ended after the American Civil War and the completion of a transcontinental railroad that linked the Atlantic coast with the Pacific. The Atlantic world’s endpoint as a defined period of study was marked by trends in global history that challenged the Atlantic as the focal point of encounter and human experience.
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