Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the by Linda M. Heywood

By Linda M. Heywood

This quantity units out a brand new paradigm that raises our realizing of African tradition and the forces that resulted in its transformation throughout the interval of the Atlantic slave exchange and past, placing lengthy due emphasis at the significance of relevant African tradition to the cultures of the USA, Brazil, and the Caribbean. concentrating on the Kongo/Angola tradition region, the ebook illustrates how African peoples re-shaped their cultural associations as they interacted with Portuguese slave investors as much as 1800, then follows vital Africans via all of the areas the place they have been taken as slaves and captives.

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The book differs from those cited above in that it is the first comprehensive work that examines the cultural and social forces that informed the slave trade from Central Africa, and it explores the extent to which Central African traditions were successful in reproducing and transforming themselves in the Americas. The essays in the collection provide updated accounts of Central Africa during the era of the slave trade, giving insights into how local, regional, and international developments in the region determined and influenced conditions in the Americas.

To the extent that they identified themselves in opposition to their masters, they did so as slaves, in America; they drew on symbols of African provenance primarily to distinguish themselves from one another. Complex mixtures of cohorts of Africans from many different backgrounds would have intensified the tendencies for all concerned to pour the new wine of life under slavery into the old bottles of their backgrounds in Africa. Local origins, numbers, and timing thus formed the background of Central – and other – Africans in the New World: Enough people of the right sort, at the right moment, and in the right circumstances could make effective use of experiences in their former lives.

2 and 3; the consolidated comments on the slave trade in this fine study are on pp. ” 14 And among the very small numbers of Africans reaching the Chesapeake in the same years; John K. Thornton, “The African experience of the ‘20. and odd Negroes’ arriving in Virginia in 1619,” William and Mary Quarterly, 55:3 (1998): 421–434, elaborating on evidence found by Engel Sluiter, “New light on the ‘20 and odd negroes’ arriving in Virginia, August 1619,” William and Mary Quarterly, 54:2 (1997): 396–98.

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