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Cangaceiros, volantes and coiteiros

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  • Joaquim Laurindo de Souza (b. - 1936)
    Fez parte do grupo de Lampião, na decada de 1920, por razões desconhecidas abandonou o bando e passou a fazer parte das forças para,oçotares çogadas ao potentado Coronel José Pereira de Princesa (Paraí...
  • Luíz Pereira da Silva (1891 - 1965)
    (Luís Padre). Em Goiás apresentava-se com o nome de José Araújo e Silva ou Zeca Piauí. Faleceu de uma operação mal sucedida de vesícula. Sebastião Pereira e Silva (Sinhô Pereira), acompanhado do primo ...
  • Manoel Pereira da Silva Filho (deceased)
    (Né Pereira ou Né Dadu). Após o assassinato do tio, Padre Pereira, ele tomou pra si o intuito de realizar as vinganças contra a família Carvalho. Nisso, formou um bando de cangaceiros que ocasionalment...
  • Pedro Rodrigues Rosa (b. - 1941)
    Após a morte de Lampião, o ex-coiteiro Pedro de Cândido assumiu o posto de subdelegado de Piranhas destacando no Distrito de Entremontes substituindo o seu irmão José Rodrigues Rosa conhecido por Zezé ...

Cangaceiros were letter-dressed outlaws who had great impact in Northeastern Brazilian hinterlands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Under harsh and arid conditions (letter clothes protected them from the cacti spines), they fought police and some great landowners, and had support from other farmers and from some poor citizens.

As a matter of fact, cangaceiros entered social memory both as violent bandits (who robbed, killed and raped) and as a kind of "Robin Hood" challengers of an unfairs social system.

Among the most famous cangaceiros were Lampião, Corisco, Maria Bonita, Dadá, Jesuíno Brilhante and Zé Sereno.

They had people who helped them in their activities and struggle, providing them food and shelter: they were called "coiteiros".

The state governments from Northeast created special police units to track and fight, by any means, cangaceiros: those troop members were known as "volantes".