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Working the DiasporaThe Impact of African Labor on the Anglo-American World, 1650-1850$
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Frederick C. Knight

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748183

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748183.001.0001

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Material Life in West and West Central Africa, 1650−1800

Material Life in West and West Central Africa, 1650−1800

(p.13) 1 Material Life in West and West Central Africa, 1650−1800
Working the Diaspora

Frederick C. Knight

NYU Press

This chapter highlights everyday material life in contexts ranging from the daily markets in Gold Coast towns to the cattle pastures of Central Africa. Since the daily lives of African captives in the British colonies revolved around material production, this chapter examines important dimensions of the material civilizations from which Africans emerged-the urban centers, market networks, craft production sites, and mining regions within which they lived their daily lives. It highlights their divisions of labor along gender, caste, and other lines. While extensive in its breadth, it also looks in depth at West and West Central African material civilization through focused studies of particular sites of production, such as the fishing villages of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Gold Coast.

Keywords:   Gold Coast, material civilization, West Africa, West Central Africa, Central Africa, African captives, material production

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