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The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670 : A Documentary History - Professor Malyn Newitt

The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670

A Documentary History

By: Professor Malyn Newitt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th June 2010
ISBN: 9780521159142
Number Of Pages: 266

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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.

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'... the book fills a significant gap. It will presumably reach a wide audience ... and should encourage interested readers to proceed from here to the sources themselves. ... it should also motivate scholars to complete for publication the translations of Alvares, Alvares de Almada, Lemos Coelho ...' The Journal of African History
Newitt's Portuguese in West Africa is clearly the best of the recent collections of documents in English about the Portuguese presence in the early modern world. Instructors seeking to include materials about Europe's encounter with Africa before the eighteenth century will find coherent sets of readings here, as well as just enough context to frame effective discussions. And specialists in the history of Anglophone or Francophone Africa should also benefit from the readings on the Portuguese presence in Northwest and West Africa, along with useful bibliographic references." - H-Net
"Given the great importance of the Portugese as sources for the early history of West Africa, it has been a shame that it is impossible to provide students with good translations of the best primary sources. Malyn Newett has now attempted to do this, in a well produced and translated selection of original sources on the Portuguese sources in West and West Central Africa....On the whole, this book is a useful teaching tool and likely to be useful for a long time to come." - John K. Thornton, Boston University, International Journal of African Historical Studies

List of Mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Portuguese in Moroccop. 25
The Portuguese celebrate Mass in the mosque in Ceuta, 1415p. 25
Christians and Moors - single combat in the struggle to control Ceuta during the Moroccan warsp. 28
The Moors of Massa recognize Portuguese overlordshipp. 31
Letter Patent of Dom Manuel to the Jews of Safi, 1509p. 35
Letter of João de Meneses to Dom Manuel on the state of Azamour, 1514p. 37
The Portuguese of Azamour raid the Bedouins, 1519p. 40
The early voyages to west Africap. 43
Prince Henry 'the Navigator' is rememberedp. 43
Slave raiding on the Sahara coast, 1445p. 44
The Portuguese run into opposition, 1446p. 47
Duarte Pacheco Pereira tries to come to terms with 'difference'p. 51
The Atlantic Islandsp. 55
Madeira and the Canary Islands in the fifteenth centuryp. 55
How to survive tropical heat and diseasep. 60
Sugar and slavesp. 61
Hunting escaped slaves in São Tomép. 63
New Christians have poisoned the bishop of São Tomép. 65
The Upper Guinea Coast and Sierra Leonep. 67
Cadamosto meets Budomelp. 67
Markets and dances: Africa responds to Europep. 71
The Wolof kingdom at the end of the fifteenth centuryp. 74
Relations between the coastal peoples of Upper Guinea and the Cape Verde Islandsp. 78
Trade and piracy on the Senegal coastp. 82
The slave trade and royal luxury in the land of the Bussisp. 85
Elmina and Beninp. 90
The foundation of the castle and city of São Jorge da Mina, 1482p. 90
The importance of reaching an accommodation with the private tradersp. 96
Christianity and the Obas of Beninp. 97
Discovery of the Kingdom of Kongop. 100
The Manisonyo embraces Christianity, 1491p. 100
The arrival of the Portuguese embassy at the Kongo Court, 1491p. 103
The king of Kongo is baptized and goes to war, 1491p. 106
The province of Mbata and its relations with the Portuguese and the Kongo kingp. 108
The accession of Dom Afonso I of Kongop. 111
Relations between Kongo and the Portuguese of São Tomép. 116
Angola, Paulo Dias and the founding of Luandap. 121
Early relations with Angolap. 121
Donation charter to Paulo Dias de Novais, 1571p. 123
Warfare in the Kongo and Angolap. 136
The escape of Paulo Dias from Angola and the founding of Luandap. 142
The slave tradep. 148
The arrival of slaves from west Africa in Lagos, 1444p. 148
The slave trade is good for the Kongop. 151
The slave trade from west Africa to the Cape Verde Islands in the sixteenth centuryp. 153
The slave trade in the Cape Verde Islands, 1594p. 155
Conflict in the kingdom of Kongo in the 1560sp. 159
Christianity and a disputed succession in the kingdom of Kongop. 159
The Jaga invasionsp. 162
Christianity in the Kongop. 167
Support sought from Portugal to maintain the true faithp. 167
Noble Kongolese youths are sent to Portugal and Rome to be educated, 1539p. 169
Report of the visit ad limina of Francisco de Villanova, bishop of São Tomé, 1597p. 171
Maleficium and its formsp. 174
The Angolan warsp. 178
Conflict between the Portuguese and Kongo in the early seventeenth centuryp. 178
The life of Dom Pedro II Afonsop. 181
An Essex man in the Angolan warsp. 183
War in the reed beds - Angola after the expulsion of the Dutchp. 186
Account of the battle of Mbwila, 1665p. 192
Portuguese defeat in Sonyo in 1670p. 200
People and placesp. 205
The town of Cacheu in the early seventeenth centuryp. 205
São Salvador, capital of the kingdom of Kongop. 209
The Court of the kings of Kongop. 211
Losses suffered by white tradersp. 214
The kingdom of Kongo in 1595p. 218
The laws and customs of the Wolofsp. 226
Black ants, Tangomaos and the Bagasp. 228
Glossaryp. 231
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780521159142
ISBN-10: 0521159148
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 28th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36