By Robert Voeks Ph.D., John Rashford Ph.D., M.A. (auth.), Robert Voeks, John Rashford (eds.)

African Ethnobotany within the Americas offers the 1st entire exam of ethnobotanical wisdom and talents one of the African Diaspora within the Americas. top students at the topic discover the advanced courting among plant use and which means one of the descendants of Africans within the New global. by means of archival and box study conducted in North the United States, South the United States, and the Caribbean, members discover the ancient, environmental, and political-ecological elements that facilitated/hindered transatlantic ethnobotanical diffusion; the function of Africans as energetic brokers of plant and plant wisdom move in the course of the interval of plantation slavery within the Americas; the importance of cultural resistance in refining and redefining plant-based traditions; the imperative different types of plant use that resulted; the alternate of data between Amerindian, ecu and different African peoples; and the altering importance of African-American ethnobotanical traditions within the twenty first century.

Bolstered by means of ample visible content material and contributions from popular specialists within the box, African Ethnobotany within the Americas is a useful source for college students, scientists, and researchers within the box of ethnobotany and African Diaspora studies.

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A 1549 expedition that founded Salvador da Bahia stopped at São Tiago to take on livestock and crops (Duncan 1972: 167). Among the crops transferred from the Cape Verdes, either on that voyage or one not long after, was seed for both wet and dry rice. ) The rice was termed by a contemporary landowner “as full-grained and handsome as that of Valencia” (Ribeiro 1962: 153). The comparison with Valencian rice (O. sativa) gives pause, but more likely O. glaberrima was involved because there is no sign O.

Keywords African rice growing • Oryza glaberrima • Oryza sativa • Atlantic slave trade • Columbian Exchange • Lowcountry rice growing • African/American parallels • Gullah • Division of labor Introduction Africanists and students of the African diaspora are deeply indebted to David Eltis and David Richardson for their leading roles in a prodigious research project: the TransAtlantic Slave Trade Database, published on a CD-ROM in 1999 and updated online beginning in 2008. B. A. fr R. Voeks and J.

One of them was Samuel Hazard, who traveled to Cuba in 1871, when slavery was still legal. ” He marveled at the ability of one elderly slave woman to detect the best beans for expressing oil, even though she was blind. 8 is the image he sketched of her (Hazard 1971, 469). The castor plant was among several African botanical introductions that also became plantation commodities. In eighteenth-century Saint Domingue, plantations 26 J. Carney Fig. 8 Woman sorting castor beans (Samuel Hazard 1971, 469) grew it on vast acreages for lamp oil (McClellan 1992).

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