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Brokers of ChangeAtlantic Commerce and Cultures in Pre-Colonial Western Africa$
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Toby Green

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265208

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265208.001.0001

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Slavery, Society, and the First Steps Towards an Atlantic Revolution in Western Africa (Fifteenth–Sixteenth Centuries)

Slavery, Society, and the First Steps Towards an Atlantic Revolution in Western Africa (Fifteenth–Sixteenth Centuries)

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ANTÓNIO DE ALMEIDA MENDES

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265208.003.0011

The chronological and geographical preferences of Atlantic researchers often produce historiographies cloistered in nationalisms and particularised cultural identities. The Portuguese expansion in the Atlantic world is often read as an epic of this time, bringing together the histories of Europe, Africa and the Americas and in fact legitimising and explicating the contemporary domination of the Global North over the Global South. This chapter localises the first contacts of Portuguese and Africans within the specific time and place of 15th-century Senegambia. Decoding the military and commercial initiatives of the Portuguese Crown and their North African and sub-Saharan African partners reveals an intertwined history linking the African and European continents. Initiatives coordinated by mercantile agents, together with the flux of free and forced labour, all contribute towards understanding the basis of the first Atlantic civilization based on production and labour.

Keywords:   Atlantic World, Portugal, Senegambia, colonial societies, trade, commerce

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