Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves Transformations along the Guinea-Bissau Coast,1400-1900

ISBN-10: 0325070490
ISBN-13: 9780325070490
Edition: 2003
Authors: Walter Hawthorne
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.10" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Hawthorne reevaluates long-held notions about the Atlantic slave trade's impact on a number of "stateless" - or decentralized - societies in Africa's Guinea-Bissau region. He shows that decentralized societies were by no means passive victims of the slave trade, as commonly depicted in the literature, but vigorously defended themselves from the incursions of the raiders. The imperatives of defense and their participation in the trade led to a fundamental reordering of decentralized societies, especially in the realm of agriculture and agricultural labor, as rice became the staple crop in the region. Contrary to standard interpretations, Hawthorne shows that rice production and capacities for self-defense actually led to population increases among the region's decentralized societies.

Walter Hawthorne is Assistant Professor of History at Ohio University.

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dynamics of Regional Interactions
Political, Economic, and Agricultural Patterns Before the Mid-Sixteenth Century
Shipping Slaves from a Decentralized Region
Producing Slaves in a Decentralized Region
The Dynamics of Intracommunity Interactions
Struggles over New Political and Economic Institutions in Balanta Communities in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
The Rise of Balanta Paddy Rice Production and Masculinization of Agricultural Labor in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Political, Economic, and Agricultural Patterns in the Nineteenth Century
Conclusion
Bissau Slave Census of 1856
Cape Verde Slave Census of 1856
Cacheu Slave Census of 1856
Bissau, Cape Verde, and Cacheu Slave Censuses of 1856 Combined
Slave Exports from the Guinea-Bissau Region
Glossary of Foreign Terms and Measurements
Bibliography
Index

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