Fernando Po, domestic to the Bantu-speaking Bubi humans, has an strangely complicated historical past. lengthy touted because the “key” to West Africa, it's the greatest West African island and the final to go into the realm economic system. faced via either African resistance and ecological limitations, early British and Spanish imperialism foundered there. now not until eventually the overdue 19th century did international payment take carry, abetted by way of a category of westernized black planters. It was once in basic terms then that Fernando Po constructed a plantation financial system depending on migrant hard work, operating below stipulations just like slavery.
In From Slaving to Neoslavery, Ibrahim okay. Sundiata bargains a accomplished historical past of Fernando Po, explains the continuities among slavery and unfastened agreement exertions, and demanding situations average notions of exertions improvement and development in numerous colonial contexts. Sundiata’s paintings is interdisciplinary, contemplating the impacts of the setting, sickness, slavery, abolition, and indigenous nation formation in picking the interplay of African peoples with colonialism.
From Slaving to Neoslavery has manifold implications. Historians frequently depict the 19th century because the interval during which unfastened exertions triumphed over slavery, yet Sundiata demanding situations this concept. by way of analyzing the background of Fernando Po, he illuminates the bigger debate approximately slavery present between students of Africa.
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