- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521779227
- ISBN-13: 978-0521779227
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660
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"A good addition to the historiography of the Atlantic slave trade." -Choice
"Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660 is a compelling and well-researched account of the earliest days of Atlantic slavery that will reward students and academics, especially those who reject the notion that we cannot untangle the ultimate origins and cultural antecedents of the first African slaves." -John Roby, African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter
"This extremely important and informative book should put to rest any conceivable effort to minimize the brutally destructive impact of the Atlantic slave trade upon Africa and Africans or to blame the victims." -Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...important contribution...to the history of Atlantic slavery." -Gayle K. Brunelle, H-Atlantic
This book establishes Central Africa as the origin of most Africans brought to English and Dutch American colonies in North America, the Caribbean, and South America before 1660. It reveals that Central Africans were frequently possessors of an Atlantic Creole culture and places the movement of slaves and creation of the colonies within an Atlantic historical framework.
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I am from Angola and my country has been the main source of African slaves during the Atlantic Slave trade (more than modern day Ghana and Nigeria combined). For those with some knowledge it’s pretty visible the influence of Angola, Kingdom of Kongo (which was mostly locaded in Angola, the capital town Mbanza Congo is still a provincial capital in Angola) and Central Africans in general, but for some reason I cannot explain, during 20th century many people reduced the African influence in the so called New World to Yoruba speaking people from Nigeria and partly peole from Benin and Sierra Leone but professors Heywood and Thornton work backs what I could see with my eyes when I visited Cuba, Brazil and even the United States, the Angolan slaves are founders of the British and Ducth colonies in north America and are a major source of Afro-American practices still alive today.