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An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World
Benguela and its Hinterland

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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107529748

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  • This book traces the history and development of the port of Benguela, the third largest port of slave embarkation on the coast of Africa, from the early seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Benguela, located on the central coast of present-day Angola, was founded by the Portuguese in the early seventeenth century. In discussing the impact of the transatlantic slave trade on African societies, Mariana P. Candido explores the formation of new elites, the collapse of old states and the emergence of new states. Placing Benguela in an Atlantic perspective, this study shows how events in the Caribbean and Brazil affected social and political changes on the African coast. This book emphasizes the importance of the South Atlantic as a space for the circulation of people, ideas and crops.

    • The first book in English on Benguela, the third largest slaving port in Africa
    • Emphasizes the connections between the coast and the hinterlands
    • Places Benguela in an Atlantic perspective
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    'Mariana Candido has written a major study of a slaving port and its linkages both to the South Atlantic system and to its hinterland. She makes a powerful argument about the way the slave trade shaped not only the development of Benguela but also African societies in its hinterland. She also makes an important argument on the role of female entrepreneurs in that process.' Martin Klein, University of Toronto

    'Mariana Candido's splendidly well-researched study of the Benguela slave trade is a major advance in our understanding of the history of Benguela, Angola's 'other' slaving port. It not only illuminates the history of the Portuguese presence in Angola but also helps to anchor the politics and history of the independent states of the Central Highlands of Angola in their regional context. It will be a starting point for studies of the region for years to come.' John Thornton, Boston University

    '… provides valuable information about transatlantic trading networks and about the ethnic identity of enslaved Africans sent to Brazil.' International Journal of Maritime History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107529748
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Contacts, competition, and copper: Benguela until 1710
    2. The rise of an Atlantic port
    3. Benguela and the South Atlantic World
    4. Mechanisms of enslavement
    5. Political reconfiguration of the Benguela hinterland, 1600–1850
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Mariana Candido, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Mariana P. Candido is Assistant Professor at Princeton University. She is the author of Fronteras de Esclavización: Esclavitud, Comercio e Identidad en Benguela, 1780–1850 (2011) and co-edited Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora (2011) with Ana Lucia Araujo and Paul E. Lovejoy. Her articles have appeared in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Slavery and Abolition, African Economic History, the Portuguese Studies Review, Cahiers des Anneux de la Mémoire and Cahiers du Brésil Contemporain.

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