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"Crespo e Nuu e Negro": Gomes Eanes de Zurara and the Racialization of Non-Christians by Portuguese Authors

"Crespo e Nuu e Negro": Gomes Eanes de Zurara and the Racialization of Non-Christians by... Chapter 2 “Crespo e Nuu e Negro”: Gomes Eanes de Zurara and the Racialization of Non-Christians by Portuguese Authors Marcelo E. Fuentes University of Minnesota–Twin Cities In an often-quoted passage of the Crónica dos feitos notáveis que se passaram na conquista da Guiné, Gomes Eanes de Zurara describes a massive auction of Afri- can slaves that took place in Lagos, Portugal, in 1444. As Willie James Jennings clarifies, “this event did not mark the first time slaves had appeared at the port of Lagos”; however, “the newness of the event lay in the number of slaves, 235” and “in their place of origin, parts of Africa theretofore unvisited by the Portuguese.” Additionally, according to Peter Russell, this auction and the following ones in Lagos and Lisbon showed the rest of Europe that “instead of having to depend for supplies of black slaves on the trans-Saharan caravan routes controlled by Islam, the Portuguese had established direct access by sea to the regions of Guinea where such slaves were available by barter in potentially whatever numbers their ships and their new slave markets at home were able to handle.” In Zurara’s account of the first auction in Lagos, two elements stand http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Essays in Medieval Studies West Virginia University Press

"Crespo e Nuu e Negro": Gomes Eanes de Zurara and the Racialization of Non-Christians by Portuguese Authors

Essays in Medieval Studies , Volume 34 – Jun 5, 2019

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Chapter 2 “Crespo e Nuu e Negro”: Gomes Eanes de Zurara and the Racialization of Non-Christians by Portuguese Authors Marcelo E. Fuentes University of Minnesota–Twin Cities In an often-quoted passage of the Crónica dos feitos notáveis que se passaram na conquista da Guiné, Gomes Eanes de Zurara describes a massive auction of Afri- can slaves that took place in Lagos, Portugal, in 1444. As Willie James Jennings clarifies, “this event did not mark the first time slaves had appeared at the port of Lagos”; however, “the newness of the event lay in the number of slaves, 235” and “in their place of origin, parts of Africa theretofore unvisited by the Portuguese.” Additionally, according to Peter Russell, this auction and the following ones in Lagos and Lisbon showed the rest of Europe that “instead of having to depend for supplies of black slaves on the trans-Saharan caravan routes controlled by Islam, the Portuguese had established direct access by sea to the regions of Guinea where such slaves were available by barter in potentially whatever numbers their ships and their new slave markets at home were able to handle.” In Zurara’s account of the first auction in Lagos, two elements stand

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