History cannon 6 | 015913
This cannon, dated from the 16th Century, is the oldest in the
National Historical Museum 's collection. It was used, possibly,
on vessels because of its carved fish-like rattlesnake handles.
The straps were used to hold the yard - a thick cable that attached the cannons to the ship. It belonged to the Brazilian Court's War Arsenal, a space created by the need for military protection of the colony since the royal family arrived in Brazil.
In 1763, Gomes Freire, then governor of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro, built the Casa do Trem (Train’s House), a place for storage, protection and minor repairs in armament and ammunition.
The name "Train" meant the set of equipment necessary for war activity, also called "Trem de Guerra" (War Train). Today, Train’s House belongs to the set of buildings of the National Historical Museum
and is used for special exhibitions.
As we can see, weapons like cannons can tell the history of nations because they are symbols of power capable of winning battles while lives can be lost.
According to the Law Enforcement and Firearms Use Guidelines launched by Amnesty International in 2015, the use of firearms is necessary for law enforcement officers to fulfill their duty, but it is not indispensable. In the same year of 2015, Brazil was classified as the country where the police killed and was killed the most. In this data,
it is relevant to emphasize that in these homicides committed by the police, 79% are black and 75% are young citizens.
The increase in police lethality in April 2020 during the pandemic in São Paulo drew the attention of the executive director of the Brazilian Public Security Forum, Samira Bueno reports: "The expressive increase in lethality in April this year, even in the midst of quarantined, it is worrying and difficult to explain. Thefts and pickpocketing fell
in the period, and even so the Military Police reached the historical record, with the highest number of deaths in police interventions in the four-month period since 2001, when the series was published.
This indicates possible deviations and abuses in relation to the use
of lethal force, in addition to serious command problems ". (free translation)
As the oldest cannon in the collection of the National Historical Museum and feeling that historians showed an affection for the beauty and preciousness of the collection,
I imagined a pleasant fragrance, with sweet notes of coumarin, maltol, amber. Smell that reproduced family childhood moments where burnt sugar, condensed milk, and balsamic notes took us to fond memories.
I asked, were the soldiers in fear and waiting for the enemy, did they not fantasize with moments of childish joy? Affection, intense and persistent caramel smell, approaching exuberantly through the nose.
Provocation of a desire and an appetite.
A smell that incites curiosity. Intuitive as affection. What else will it bring? What memories of affection do we still have? Grandma's cake, party sweets or the possible end of a life?
That is the cannon’s history and the reasons
it is associated with the smell Affection.
These questions are bridges between you and
passages of Brazilian History - past and present.
It would be exciting to have your
contribution in the construction of an
imaginary collective smell glossary.
In moments of affection, which smells
do you encounter?
In general, which are the smells that affect you?
Could you describe them?
Which is your most affective memory?