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Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829738

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876862_hall

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The Clustering of African Ethnicities in the Americas

The Clustering of African Ethnicities in the Americas

(p.55) Chapter Three The Clustering of African Ethnicities in the Americas
Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

University of North Carolina Press

Although Africa is a huge continent with many different peoples, only some of them were involved in the Atlantic slave trade. During the first two centuries of the Atlantic slave trade, few enslaved Africans were collected east of Greater Senegambia/Upper Guinea all the way to the Slave Coast. This chapter seeks evidence of the clustering of African ethnicities in the Americas from Atlantic slave trade voyages as well as in their final destinations. It enumerates the factors clustering Africans from the same regions and ethnicities in the Americas, such as timing, traditional trading networks, and preferences for Africans by slave owners. The chapter also examines the clustering of African ethnicities in Louisiana during the course of the transshipment trade from the Caribbean.

Keywords:   Africa, Atlantic slave trade, slave trade, Greater Senegambia, Guinea, Slave coast, African ethnicities, Americas, Louisiana, Caribbean

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