New PDF release: Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World,

By John Thornton

ISBN-10: 0521392330

ISBN-13: 9780521392334

ISBN-10: 0521398649

ISBN-13: 9780521398640

This e-book indicates how vital the African function used to be in shaping the Atlantic international that constructed after the navigational breakthroughs of the 15th century. The measure of African initiative displayed during this interval is under pressure, either through African elites in facing the hot viewers and buying and selling companions and, even by means of African slaves within the New international. flippantly divided into sections on Africa and Africans within the New international, this learn stresses cultural and institutional backgrounds to Africa and African slaves. even though the booklet is meant to assist Africanists know how Africans fared within the Americas, its major goal is to provide readers conversant in Afro-American background a fuller and extra dynamic imaginative and prescient of Africa, to allow them to see the African slave as an African and never simply as a laborer.

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Tability :was ultimately realized by producing wheat, sugar, or wme m n ch tropiCal and volcanic soils. In many respects, the Canary Islands, rediscovered by Malocello in the early fourteenth century, provided the common starting point for both wings and combined in itself both sources of profit. The islands were inhabited and could thus be raided or support commerce, they possessed w ild products of interest, and ultimately they became a center for the produc~on of both wine and sugar. Moreover, because traveling to them was fatrly easy and profitable, they provided financial security to those w ho sought more profits on the adjacent Saharan coast or the uninhabited Atlantic islands farther out.

49; Abu 'Ubayd 'Abd Allah b. , pp. 77-85; and ai-Jdrisi, "Nuzhat," in . . , pp. 110-11. 48 These sources are often reflected in the maps of the era; see the discussion m de Ia Ronciere, Decouverte 1:121-41. Most of these maps are reproduced in Kamal, Monumenta. For a detailed discussion of the sources of the Mallorcan group, see Yoro K. Fall, L'Afrique II Ia naissance de Ia cartograplrie modeme: Les cartes majorquines, XlVe-XVe siec/es (Paris, 1982), pp. 55-120. The problem of "Palolus" has been discussed in detail m Susan 4: A sea route to the goldfields seemed relatively practical, because it did not involve the circumnavigation of Africa.

In many respects, the Canary Islands, rediscovered by Malocello in the early fourteenth century, provided the common starting point for both wings and combined in itself both sources of profit. The islands were inhabited and could thus be raided or support commerce, they possessed w ild products of interest, and ultimately they became a center for the produc~on of both wine and sugar. Moreover, because traveling to them was fatrly easy and profitable, they provided financial security to those w ho sought more profits on the adjacent Saharan coast or the uninhabited Atlantic islands farther out.

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