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Ethiope resgatado, empenhado, sustentado, corrigido, instruido, e libertado. Discurso theologico-juridico, em que se propoem o modo de comerciar, haver, e possuir validamente, quanto a hum, e outro foro, os pretos cativos africanos, e as principaes obrigações, que correm a quem delles se servir: consagrado a' Santissima Virgem Maria Nossa Senhora. Pelo Padre Manoel Ribeiro Rocha.

Manoel Ribeiro Rocha. Ethiope resgatado, empenhado, sustentado, corrigido, instruido, e libertado. Discurso theologico-juridico, em que se propoem o modo de comerciar, haver, e possuir validamente, quanto a hum, e outro foro, os pretos cativos africanos, e as principaes obrigações, que correm a quem delles se servir: consagrado a' Santissima Virgem Maria Nossa Senhora. Pelo Padre Manoel Ribeiro Rocha. Lisbon: Francisco Luiz Ameno, 1758.  [Ethiopia redeemed, engaged, supported, corrected, instructed and liberated. Theological-juridical discourse in which are proposed the manner of commerce, the having and valid possession of African captives, according to one and other courts of law, and the primary obligations of those whom they serve: dedicated to our most Sainted Lady the Virgin Mary. By Father Manoel Ribeiro Rocha.]

An important and early study and defense of the African slave that appeared long before the abolitionist movement caught hold in Brazil. Rocha identifies himself as a Portuguese from Lisbon, a resident and lawyer in the city of Bahia and a graduate of the Universidade de Coimbra.