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What did Africans think of the first Europeans they saw? Why did some Africans seek political and religious alliances with Europeans? How successful were African traders in acquiring what they wanted from Europeans in the new Atlantic trade? Africa's Discovery of Europe: 1450-1850 providessurprising answers to these and many other questions.This groundbreaking book on African-European interactions is the first to look broadly at the subject from an African perspective rather than from a European one. David Northrup explores the African side of this cultural collision as it unfolded in Africa, Europe, and the Atlantic world between 1450and 1850. Featuring extensive use of life stories and quotations from Africans, the text is organized thematically with chapters devoted to first impressions, religion and politics, commerce and culture, imported goods and technology, the Middle Passage, and Africans in Europe. Northrup examinesAfricans' intellectual, commercial, cultural, and sexual relations with Europeans and describes how the patterns of behavior that emerged from these encounters shaped pre-colonial Africa. The book concludes with an examination of the roles of race, class, and culture in early modern times, andsuggests which themes in Africa's continuing discovery of Europe after 1850 were similar to earlier patterns, and why some themes were different.
David Northrup is Professor of History at Boston College.
Table of Contents
|List of Maps and Illustrations||p. vii|
|First Sights-Lasting Impressions||p. 1|
|Elite Africans in Europe to 1650||p. 3|
|Enslaved Africans in Europe||p. 6|
|Discovering Europeans in Africa||p. 11|
|Southeast Africa, 1589-1635||p. 17|
|Kongo Cosmology||p. 20|
|Politics and Religion||p. 26|
|The Meanings of Religious Conversion||p. 29|
|Benin and Warri||p. 32|
|The Kingdom of Kongo||p. 37|
|Swahili and Mutapa||p. 43|
|Commerce and Culture||p. 54|
|African Trading Strategies||p. 55|
|The Eighteenth Century||p. 61|
|Language, Trade, and Culture||p. 64|
|Sexual Encounters||p. 69|
|Atlantic Imports and Technology||p. 83|
|Evaluating Inland Trade||p. 84|
|Textiles and Metals||p. 87|
|Tobacco and Distilled Spirits||p. 92|
|Guns and Politics||p. 96|
|Economic and Social Consequences||p. 105|
|Africans in Europe, 1650-1850||p. 115|
|African Delegates and Students||p. 118|
|Servants High and Low in Continental Europe||p. 123|
|Scholars and Churchmen||p. 139|
|Passages in Slavery||p. 158|
|Capture in Africa||p. 161|
|The Middle Passage||p. 164|
|New Identities||p. 173|
|Epilogue: Trends after 1850||p. 191|
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