Between 1510 and 1800 it is estimated that eleven million slaves were shipped to the ‘New World’ from Africa. Twenty percent on board ship died during the journey across the Atlantic. Another thirty percent died in the course of being “broken into slavery” – a cruel process euphemistically called “seasoning”. Today , 60% of Brazilians have black ancestry. But despite this fact, blacks are still treated as socially inferior by Brazilians of European origin.