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Capoeira spent its formative years in slavery. The history of the art goes back more than five hundred years, to when the Portuguese began to capture Africans to work in Brazil. The exact origins of Capoeira are both unclear and largely unstudied by academic historians, but a number of elements have come to be accepted.

It is obvious that Capoeira is a mingling of many different cultures, as Africans who called wildly different regions "home" were mixed together as slaves. Capoeira might, at least in some part, simply been a way for them to communicate with each other culturally. Certainly the culture of the slave masters influenced its formation as well, establishing for example the common language, Portuguese, that everyone knew.

Capoeira might have been a form of self-defense against the slave masters, or a way of settling disagreements between the slaves themselves, or it might have been carried almost directly from older African traditional dances. It is definitely a fighting art, and one practiced by those who were watched and owned, and that means it hid itself. It hid violence in dance, and trickery and cleverness in playfulness.