The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670 brings jointly a set of records - all in new English translation - that illustrate points of the encounters among the Portuguese and the peoples of North and West Africa within the interval from 1400 to 1650. this era witnessed the diaspora of the Sephardic Jews, the emigration of Portuguese to West Africa and the islands, and the beginnings of the black diaspora linked to the slave alternate. The records convey how the Portuguese attempted to appreciate the societies with which they got here into touch and to reconcile their event with the myths and legends inherited from classical and medieval studying. in addition they exhibit how Africans reacted to the arrival of Europeans, adapting Christian rules to neighborhood ideals and employing unique imports and ecu applied sciences. The files additionally describe the evolution of the black Portuguese groups in Guinea and the islands, in addition to the slave alternate and how that it was once equipped, understood, and justified.
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