Hispanic American Historical Review 84:1 Copyright 2004 by Duke University Press The essays emphasize hybridity. Linda Heywoodâs chapter does a ï¬ne job of exploring the impact of African-Portuguese creole culture on the worldview of slaves prior to their departure for the Americas. Combined with Joseph Miller and John Thorntonâs essays, we arrive at a richly nuanced understanding of changes taking place in Africa that would become manifest in the New World. The remaining authors expertly pull the traces of Central African culture into various regional settings in the Americas. The authors are less effective in demonstrating how Central African culture blended with that of other African groups to create Black diasporic culture. The bookâs ï¬rst part introduces the demographic and sociocultural landscape of Central Africa, neatly and succinctly addressing many of the major advances and debates regarding Central African historiography. Its accessibility and detailed maps will prove immensely useful for scholars unfamiliar with the region. The second section deals with Brazil. Mary Karasch provides a ï¬ne demographic survey of Central African slaves in GoiÃ¡s, as well as a convincing argument about their ability to retain Central African historical traditions. Elizabeth Kiddy follows with a detailed account of the
Hispanic American Historical Review – Duke University Press
Published: Feb 1, 2004
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