During the late 1 8th to mid 19th century, the market economy in Salvador, Bah was very diverse In terms of Its people and the types of Jobs that people did there. It was a market that that was also unique due to the fact that everyone who was working, worked together and it made the economy stronger. One of the main aspects of the food market was the meat industry and may have been arguably the most important part because of how much of society had meat in their diets.
This was one of the main staples in this economy was the food trade, which in itself was diverse on its own. Although the food market was diverse, It was a rudimentary type of market system; one that rarely Included things such as Interest and Insurance. It was this kind of simple and basic type of market that made It easy for everyone to handle the trades and finances. The meat industry was very important to the Brazilian society. It all started with the raising and handling of the cattle, which “came first of all from the arid interior of the province, especially in the northwest… ND] were driven from more distant places. ” (1) The publicly-owned butcher shops were then sold to bidders by the cattle dealers and “were then entitled to buy cattle at the fair, process [the cattle] at their slaughterhouses… ” (2) But this trading method did not work because there was a continuous shortage of cattle, possibly due to the artificial shortages caused by the cattle dealers or something beyond their control. To avoid this, “the city council [earned] firm control over all other segments of the trade… (3) and butchers were now allowed to buyout these butcher shops. This newer method made more sense and made the trading process easier and smoother. When the cattle were deemed to be good enough to go to the slaughterhouse, it was then the slaughterer’s Job to kill the cattle. This was the second step In the meat trading process. The city would rent properties to slaughter the cattle, but the properties that housed the slaughterhouses were very distant from each other, and the city could not prevent fraud In the trading of meat.
There would be restrictions towards all meat sold because people had to ensure that all meat was being sold airily, that the cattle were not sick, and that the dead cattle were being disposed of properly in an efficient manner. According to Graham, “no trading was to take place at the slaughterhouse, and the meat remained on the property of the registered owner of the cattle until sold to the consumer. ” (4) This rule was not enforced, however, and this caused under-the-nose trading In the slaughterhouses.
To make matters worse, there were complaints of the smell of blood and how the blood would seep down to the bottom the hill since these slaughterhouses were located at an elevated place. Workers like the corollaries and the slaughtering were worked hard and had the job of cleaning the filth left behind from the dead cattle. Meat was often stolen by the slaughtering and outsiders, who “sometimes set their slaves to do the stealing. ” (5) One of the major inconveniences of meat being stolen was also a Deedless to ten poorer people AT Salvador. I ripe women gave meat to tense less fortunate and were seen as more spiritual than others.
They would then sell the meat to butcher shops to the butchers that worked there. These traders of cattle had guarantors (insurance), which were required so that they can be protected from debt. These butchers were seen as criminals due to the fact that they had to chop up meat and had blood stains on their work clothes. They also were not trustworthy because they, “sold meat that had not come from the public slaughterhouses but had been acquired from other ranchers or illegal merchants, cheating the system. ” (6) Some butchers even sold meat on the black market to make a quick buck.