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5.0 out of 5 stars very informative, 11 Sep 2008
This review is from: Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660: The First Generation of African Americans in North America and the Caribbean, 1619-1660 (Paperback)
Essentially, this book establishes that the first wave of Africans to get to colonial North America and the Caribbeans were taken mostly from West Central Africa (what would today be Angola). What I found most useful about it was the insight provided in Chapters 2,3 and 4 about the history and the nature of society in pre-colonial West Central Africa. I've always believed that Africa could have achieved integration with the Europe and the rest of the world, on its own terms and at its own pace, without the need for colonial intervention, and the early interactions between the kingdom of Kongo and Portugal (as described in this book) amongst other details illustrate this point well. I also found Chaper 6 very interesting in the way that it showed that early Africans in America were not regarded as "slaves" in the way we understand the term today, but that the status of the African was denigrated over time due to both racist and economic factors.
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