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Hist 110B, Week 3 Notes

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Hist 110B, Week 3 Notes History 110B

Katrina Japson
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World Civilizations Since the 16th Century
Daniel Christensen
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Date Created: 03/01/16
HIST 110B 2/11 Chapter 18: 1420-1800 West Africa in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade Africans were slaves all over the world  West Africa had in 1500: 50 million people  Living in various cultures and livelihoods West African cultures  Religion: fertility rituals; witchcraft o Witchcraft blamed for diseases, sicknesses, and poverty o Islam enters and spreads southward along the east coast o Maintains thin layer of converts – people involved in import/export trades o Despite Islam, traditional religions  Faced environmental challenges o Tse tse fly and mosquito  Mosquito brought malaria o Flourishing cattle business o Metal working o Cola nuts, cowry shells  Used as currency  Internal warfare – nonstop o Fighting over land, resources, rivers, mines o Were “many” west Africas The states of west Africa – Islam  Empire builders – Mali, Songhai o Clustered around the Niger River o The key was gold  European interest  Most formed confederacies o Make alliances with neighbors to become trading partners o Can import/export, travel, share culture o Not Songhai – Sunni Ali conquering over, Muhammad Toure  Moroccan raiders. Sa’dis. The Kongo in west central Africa  They grew bananas, millet, and yams o Pygmies o Corn, beans, squash, rice o Copper access and trade  Life for women o In homes, not really involved in society, overall homemakers o Also worked in mining crews because channels will sometimes have been narrow for only small women to fit Europeans and Slavery  First were the Portuguese, 1400’s o Sailed the Gambia River  Caravels in 1471 – slave ships o Factory (feitoria) – Elmina or St. George’s Mine  Niger delta, other Europeans came. 1650’s to buy Africans  Portuguese missionaries. Racism o Tried to train black priests o Some impact, but less than Latin America o Locals held onto local religion o Alfonso I, 1500’s Northern Europeans and slavery  Displaced the Portuguese by 1650 o Kicked out, replaced by British and Dutch  A shift in North America, Caribbean  The slave trade was racist  Trading companies: profits over humanitarian concerns  African elites


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