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 knowing 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 publication illustrates how African peoples re-shaped their cultural associations as they interacted with Portuguese slave investors as much as 1800, then follows critical Africans via the entire areas the place they have been taken as slaves and captives.

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5). Slaving to Brazil from Portuguese ports in Africa became illegal after 1830, and so the Rio merchants active in Luanda diverted their continuing human cargoes through less closely observed bays along the coast north of the city, mostly at the mouth of the Mbrije River (Ambriz), and followed the traders serving Cuba up the Zaire to concealed loading sites along the banks of the lower river. By the end of trans-Atlantic slaving in the 1850s, in the Spanish Caribbean, Western Central Africans formed the most recent and very large cohort of immigrants among the plantation workers alongside an urban slave population of much older and more diverse origins.

1996]). 25 The table disregards the wide array of occasional voyages from ports in Central Africa throughout the Americas. 5. Western Central Africa in the eighteenth century (physical geography and ethnonyms). the security of family, symbols of power and authority, wariness toward strangers, and particularly the broad linguistic similarities through which people who talked with one another on a day-to-day basis expressed the easy familiarity of spontaneous commonality. Nearly all the Central Africans who ended up as slaves in the Americas came from agricultural backgrounds.

In any event, the four essays in this section demonstrate the resilience and pervasiveness of Central African traditions, and the role of prior creolization and Christianization among enslaved Central Africans in the two regions. The last section of the book, Part Four, shifts the focus from religion to the environment, liberated Africans in the postslavery Caribbean, and contemporary performance arts. The three essays in the section cover the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and they suggest the continuing influences of Central Africa in the period since the end of slavery.

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