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In the shadow of slavery : Africa's botanical legacy in the Atlantic world

By: Carney, Judith Rosomoff, Richard Nicholas(Other primary creator)

0520269969 / 9780520269965
Stock expected by 26/09/2019
23 cm xiv, 280 p., 8 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps
Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly  Learn More
Reprint. Originally published: 2009.

The transatlantic slave trade forced millions of Africans into bondage.

Until the early nineteenth century, African slaves came to the Americas in greater numbers than Europeans. "In the Shadow of Slavery" provides a startling new assessment of the Atlantic slave trade and upends conventional wisdom by shifting attention from the crops slaves were forced to produce to the foods they planted for their own nourishment.

Many familiar foods - millet, sorghum, coffee, okra, watermelon, and the 'Asian' long bean, for example - are native to Africa, while commercial products such as Coca Cola, Worcestershire Sauce, and Palmolive Soap rely on African plants that were brought to the Americas on slave ships as provisions, medicines, cordage, and bedding.

In this exciting, original, and groundbreaking book, Judith A.

Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff draw on archaeological records, oral histories, and the accounts of slave ship captains to show how slaves' food plots - 'botanical gardens of the dispossessed' - became the incubators of African survival in the Americas and Africanized the foodways of plantation societies.


1H Africa, HBTS Slavery & abolition of slavery, PST Botany & plant sciences

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