Brokers of Change: Atlantic Commerce and Cultures in Pre-Colonial Western Africa

Hardcover | October 12, 2012

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The Atlantic Ocean, transcending national boundaries as it does, has long been seen as a pivotal site for understanding the way in which local and regional economies and cultural frameworks gradually became integrated into a global system during the early modern era. A key concept that hasbrought new insight to the study of transnationalism is that of brokerage. Brokers are people who link up different worlds and are at ease in a variety of cultural settings; they have flexibility of outlook and cultural identification. Brokerage can explain and add nuance to the multiple culturalworlds and intense trade characteristics of regions of West Africa.The essays collected here are by leading scholars in the field of the pre-colonial history of Western Africa (the region between Senegal and Sierra Leone). They span the whole pre-colonial period between the first Portuguese voyages of discovery and the transition to legitimate commerce. The volumeoffers the first real synthesis of the importance of this region of Africa in the emergence of the Atlantic world between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. It has sections on African-European relations; the Cape Verde islands and wider Atlantic trade; trade in slaves and commodities; and thetransition to 'legitimate' commerce. Thus the essays here offer scholars and general readers a real chance to engage with an important part of Africa.

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The Atlantic Ocean, transcending national boundaries as it does, has long been seen as a pivotal site for understanding the way in which local and regional economies and cultural frameworks gradually became integrated into a global system during the early modern era. A key concept that hasbrought new insight to the study of transnation...

Toby Green is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Departments of History and of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King's College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham. He is a director of the Amilcar Cabral Institute for Economic and Political Research, a think-ta...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1: African-European Relations1. Gerhard Seibert: Creolization and Creole communities in the Portuguese Atlantic: Sao Tome, Cape Verde and the Rivers of Guinea in comparison2. Natalie Everts: A Motley Company: Differing Identities Among Euro-Africans in Eighteenth-Century Elmina2: The Atlantic Dimension3. Heather Dalton: 'Into speyne to selle for slavys': English, Spanish and Genoese merchant networks and their involvement with the 'cost of gwynea' trade prior to 15504. Filipa Ribeiro da Silva: Trading with Western Africa: 'Dutch' and Sephardim Insurance, Business and Agency (c. 1590-1674)5. Ibrahima Seck: The French in Senegal: Trials and Tribulations of a Laboratory for Francite in the French Atlantic World (17th-19th Centuries)3: The Insular Atlantic6. Chris Evans; Marie-Louise Sorensen; Konstantin Richter: The Earliest Christian Church in the Tropics: Excavation of the N. S. da Conceicao, Cidade Velha, Cape Verde7. Bart Jacobs: On the Dutch Presence in 17th-century Senegambia and the Emergence of Papiamentu8. Toby Green: The Emergence of a Mixed Cultural Framework in Cape Verde in the 17th-Century4: Trade in Slaves and Commodities9. Antonio de Almeida Mendes: Slavery, Society and the First Steps Towards an Atlantic Revolution in Senegambia Western Africa (XV-XVI Centuries)10. Linda A. Newson: Bartering for Slaves on the Upper Guinea Coast in the Early Seventeenth Century11. Michael Tuck: "Everyday Commodities, the Rivers of Guinea, and the Atlantic World: The Beeswax Export Trade, c.1450-c.1800"5: "Post-Slavery"12. George E. Brooks: American Trade with Cabo Verde and Guine, 1820s-1850s: Exploiting the Transition from Slave to legitimate Commerce13. Philip J. Havik: "A Commanding Commercial Position": the African settlement of Bolama island and Anglo-Portuguese rivalry (1830-1870)14. Marika Sherwood: 'Legitimate' traders, the building of empires and the long-term after-affects in Africa15. Jose Lingna Nafafe: Challenges of the Atlantic voices: A call for recognition, slavery and post slavery in West Africa