This group of essays, resulting from research affiliated with the UNESCO Slave Route Project, explores trans-Atlantic linkages and cultural overlays during the era of slavery and after.
This group of essays, resulting from research affiliated with the UNESCO Slave Route Project, explores trans-Atlantic linkages and cultural overlays during the era of slavery and after. The essays concentrate on ethnicity and culture and their manifestations on both sides of the Atlantic and draw on new methodologies and new sources relating to the emergence of the African diaspora, one of the most historical phenomena of the modern era. In exploring the cultural impact of the slave trade in Africa and the Americas, these essays contend that complex, intercontinental forces shaped the African diaspora; the repercussions being felt on both sides of the Atlantic. Rather than considering the Atlantic a barrier, crossed in one direction only, the trans-Atlantic dimensions of slaving revealed here involved a degree of interaction that requires a careful reconsideration of patterns of resistance and accommodation, allowing for an examination of the expectations of the enslaved as well as analysis of the experience of slavery.Personal experience, memory and tradition kept alive cultural forms and expressions, whether through music, poetry or other means. The encounters forced on the ensl
Introduction, Paul Lovejoy and David Trotman; Igbo and the African diaspora, Ugo Nwokeji; Yoruba and Kongo in Trinidad - the legacy, David Trotman; Islam and the Atlantic crossing, Paul Lovejoy; Calabali slaves in Neue Granada, Renee Soulodre-La France; the ethnicity of African-born slaves in 18th century Guatemala, Rina Caceres; resistance to slavery in Angola and Brazil, Jose Curto and Manolo Florentino; gender and ethnicity -patterns in the non-sugar economy of Jamaica in the 18th century, Verene Shepherd; Brazilian influence on Benin and Benin influence on Brazil, Elisee Soumonni and Joseph Adande; religion and ethnicity in Bahia, Joao Reis; the African origins of the slave population of Louisiana, Gwendolyn Hall.