4 EconomySilver & sugarParticipated in world economy through slave tradeSlave trade traced back to 15th century, rose in 17th and 18th centuriesGrafted onto existing system of slave commerce2 Africans for every 1 European essential to prosperity of American colonies
5 Economy Merchants shipped slaves around Indian Ocean More slaves sent to Americas once plantation agriculture began to spreadW. flow=12 million survived forcible enslavement/ shipment to Atlantic ports 1440s-1867Merchant capitalists prospered slave trade rose
6 EconomyCommercial fortune depended on alliances with African trading & Political networksAfrican partners/ commercial networks left to capture slavesHigh morality = losses of profitsMerchants-active role in supplying slaves for transatlantic shipmentShift=Households that commanded large animal herds or land urban merchants and warrior elites
9 Religion Asante (Ashanti) Benin Universal god – Onyame Kingdom of the Dead – SamandeAncestor WorshipBeninPolytheisticPower of witchesMostly ChristianAbout ¼ Islam;Vudun or “voodoo”
10 Language Misconception: there was no written language until recently AsanteDecedents of Akan TribesVarious forms of Twi; tone languageBeninLearned written and spoken language from the PortugueseNative Language Kwa
11 Dress&Customs Women Influence Ashanti Weaving (only men) Different patternsMatrilinealGoldBeninBronze artFunerals = Important part of someone’s historyDrummers and dancers perform at funerals
13 Political Dutch armada of 21 ships Captured Luanda, Benguela, and Sao Tome from Portuguese1623, Portuguese signed a treaty with Ndongo
14 Political 1624, Nzinga became Queen of Ndongo Conquered kingdom of Matamba in war with PortugueseMade alliance with DutchDutch sent her soldiersQueen Nzinga
15 Political Portuguese gained strength back Portuguese drove Dutch out of Luanda in 1648Dutch no longer helpedNzinga could fight Portuguese anymoreSigned treaty giving Portuguese access to Matamba’s marketsVideo: Verbalizm: David J
16 Primary SourceThose sold by the Blacks are for the most part prisoners of war, taken either in fight, or pursuit, or in the incursions they make into their enemies territories; others stolen away by their own countrymen; and some there are, who will sell their own children, kindred, or neighbors. This has been often seen, and to compass it, they desire the person they intend to sell, to help them in carrying something to the factory by way of trade, and when there, the person so deluded, not understanding the language, is old and deliver'd up as a slave, notwithstanding all his resistance, and exclaiming against the treachery....Written by John Barbot (an agent for the French Royal African Company) in 1678
17 QuestionsBased on this passage what do you think about the family bonds in Africa?Do you think anybody make alliances with the Dutch after they let Queen Nzinga down?How do you think the shift of wealth to urban merchants and warrior elites effected the rest of society?
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