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Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680 (Studies in Comparative World History)

by John Thornton

ISBN 0521398649 / 9780521398640 / 0-521-39864-9
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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This book shows how important the African role was in shaping the Atlantic world that developed after the navigational breakthroughs of the fifteenth century. The degree of African initiative displayed in this period is stressed, both by African elites in dealing with the new visitors and trading partners and, even by African slaves in the New World. Evenly divided into sections on Africa and Africans in the New World, this study stresses cultural and institutional backgrounds to Africa and African slaves. Although the book is intended to help Africanists understand how Africans fared in the Americas, its main purpose is to give readers familiar with Afro-American history a fuller and more dynamic vision of Africa, so they can see the African slave as an African and not just as a laborer. [via]