By Richard M. Juang, Noelle Morrissette
Starting from the fifteenth century to the current, Africa and the Americas: tradition, Politics, and heritage explores the numerous methods Africa and African peoples have formed the cultural lifetime of the Americas—and how, in flip, lifestyles within the Americas reverberates in Africa.This groundbreaking three-volume encyclopedia bargains countless numbers of alphabetically equipped entries on African background, countries, and peoples plus African-influenced elements of existence within the Americas. It additionally good points authoritative introductory essays on historical past, tradition and faith, demography, diplomacy, economics and alternate, and humanities and literature. In doing so, it lines the advanced and non-stop circulate of peoples of African descent to the West, the mechanics and lingering results of colonialism and the slave alternate, and the the most important problems with cultural retention and variation which are necessary to our figuring out of the results of globalization.
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Portuguese carve out the first sugar plantation in present-day Brazil. Sir Francis Drake sets sail on his legendary voyage of piracy and discovery through the Strait of Magellan, along the Pacific coast of South America, and north to Drake’s Bay, beyond presentday San Francisco. He will claim the western American coast for England (as New Albion) and become the first Englishman (the second person after Ferdinand Magellan) to circumnavigate the globe. English settlers attempting to settle Tobago are driven off the island by Carib attackers.
She will hold the position until 1927, and through it nurture a number of young talents (such as Langston Hughes) while publishing her own novels. The United States enters the war as an “associate” rather than as a declared ally. The Red Summer of race riots erupts. African Americans are targeted with brutality, intimidation, and murder in over 21 cities across the United States. Venezuela’s first commercial oil well begins producing. The East St. Louis riots, spawned from white racial hatred of African Americans, who had traveled north for work during World War I, claims the lives of thirty-nine African Americans and nine whites, while hundreds of African Americans are displaced from their homes by fire.
1-800-368-6868 xxxii CHRONOLOGY OF AFRICA AND THE AMERICAS 1660 Virginia codifies the institutional legalities of slavery, supporting the colony’s growing dependency on forced labor provided by the African slave trade. Declaring that baptism does not necessitate freedom, Virginia law will determine an individual’s status as free or enslaved through matrilineal identification. 1661 addresses a growing debate concerning the morality and legality of enslaving fellow Christians. The English crown’s monopoly in slaving begins with the Royal Adventurers in Africa.
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