By Rebecca Shumway
The historical past of Ghana draws well known curiosity out of percentage to its small dimension and marginal significance to the worldwide economic system. Ghana is the land of Kwame Nkrumah and the Pan-Africanist move of the Nineteen Sixties; it's been a short lived domestic to recognized African americans like W. E. B. DuBois and Maya Angelou; and its Asante country and signature kente cloth-global symbols of African tradition and pride-are renowned. Ghana additionally draws a continual circulate of foreign travelers due to ancient websites which are one of the so much infamous monuments of the transatlantic slave exchange: Cape Coast and Elmina Castles. those looming buildings are a vibrant reminder of the awful alternate that gave delivery to the black inhabitants of the Americas. The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave exchange/ explores the interesting historical past of the transatlantic slave alternate on Ghana's coast among 1700 and 1807. right here writer Rebecca Shumway brings to existence the survival stories of southern Ghanaians as they turned either sufferers of continuing violence and winning agents of enslaved humans. The period of the slave exchange gave delivery to a brand new tradition during this a part of West Africa, simply because it used to be giving start to new cultures around the Americas. The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave alternate pushes Asante scholarship to the vanguard of African diaspora and Atlantic international experiences by way of exhibiting the vital function of Fante middlemen and transatlantic exchange within the improvement of the Asante economic system ahead of 1807. Rebecca Shumway is assistant professor of heritage on the college of Pittsburgh.
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