Zumbi was born in the state of Alagoas in 1655 and even though free-born as a child was captured and handed over to a Catholic priest and received the baptism of Francis. He learned the Portuguese language and Catholic religion, coming to help the priest in the celebration of mass. At 15 years of age, Zombie returned to live in the Quilombo where free blacks lived, according to their culture, producing everything they needed to live.
The Quilombo dos Palmares was a free community formed by runaway slaves from the farms and was located in the Serra da Barriga, which currently is part of the town of Uniao dos Palmares, in Alagoas having reached a population of about thirty thousand inhabitants.In the year 1675, the Quilombo is attacked by Portuguese soldiers and help in the defense Zombie standing out as a great warrior. After a bloody battle, the Portuguese soldiers retreated and moved to the city of Recife. Three years later, the governor of the province of Pernambuco approaches the leader Ganga Zumba to try an agreement, at which zombie is placed against the proposed deal, why not allow the freedom of the Maroons, while blacks continue on the condition of the farms of slaves.