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Networks and trans-cultural exchange: Slave trading in the South Atlantic, 1590-1867

Richardson, David


David Richardson


David Richardson

Filipa Ribeiro da Silva


Studies of the South Atlantic commercial world typically focus on connections between Angola and Brazil, and specifically on the flows of enslaved Africans from Luanda and the relations between Portuguese-Brazilian traders and other agents and their local African and mulatto trading partners. While reaffirming the centrality of slaving activities and of the networks that underpinned them, this collection of new essays shows that there were major Portuguese-Brazilian slave-trading activities in the South Atlantic outside Luanda as well as the Angolan-Brazil axes upon which historians usually focus. In drawing attention to these aspects of the South Atlantic commercial world, we are reminded that this was a world of change and also one in which Portuguese-Brazilian traders were unable to sustain in the face of competition from northern European rivals the dominant position in slave trading in Atlantic Africa that they had first established in the sixteenth century.


Richardson, D. (2014). D. Richardson, & F. Ribeiro da Silva (Eds.). Networks and trans-cultural exchange: Slave trading in the South Atlantic, 1590-1867. Brill Academic Publishers.

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date Nov 28, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 11, 2019
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Pages 294
Series Title Atlantic world
Series Number 30
ISBN 978-9004280571
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