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The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670
M. D. D. Newitt

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The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670
a documentary history
edited by Malyn Newitt

Published 2010 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670 brings together a collection of documents - all in new English translation - that illustrate aspects of the encounters between the Portuguese and the peoples of North and West Africa in the period from 1400 to 1650. This period witnessed the diaspora of the Sephardic Jews, the emigration of Portuguese to West Africa and the islands, and the beginnings of the black diaspora associated with the slave trade. The documents show how the Portuguese tried to understand the societies with which they came into contact and to reconcile their experience with the myths and legends inherited from classical and medieval learning. They also show how Africans reacted to the coming of Europeans, adapting Christian ideas to local beliefs and making use of exotic imports and European technologies. The documents also describe the evolution of the black Portuguese communities in Guinea and the islands, as well as the slave trade and the way that it was organized, understood, and justified"--

Table of Contents

The Portuguese in Morocco
The early voyages to West Africa
The Atlantic islands
The upper Guinea coast and Sierra Leone
Elmina and Benin
Discovery of the kingdom of Kongo
Angola, Paulo Dias and the founding of Luanda
The slave trade
Conflict in the kingdom of Kongo in the 1560s
Christianity in the Kongo
The Angolan wars
People and places.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
DT472 .P67 2010

The Physical Object

xviii, 246 p. :
Number of pages

ID Numbers

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Internet Archive
0521768942, 0521159148, 40018116754
9780521768948, 9780521159142
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