By Myles Osborne
Africans and Britons within the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 tells the tales of the intertwined lives of African and British peoples over greater than 3 centuries. In seven chapters and an epilogue, Myles Osborne and Susan Kingsley Kent discover the characters that comprised the British presence in Africa: the slave investors and slaves, missionaries and explorers, imperialists and miners, farmers, settlers, legal professionals, chiefs, prophets, intellectuals, politicians, and squaddies of all shades.
The authors convey that the oft-told narrative of a monolithic imperial energy ruling inexorably over passive African sufferers not stands scrutiny; particularly, at each flip, Africans and Britons interacted with each other in a posh set of relationships that concerned as a lot cooperation and negotiation as resistance and strength, no matter if through the period of the slave alternate, the realm wars, or the interval of decolonization. The British presence provoked quite a lot of responses, reactions, and alterations in a variety of features of African existence; yet even as, the event of empire in Africa – and its final cave in – additionally pressured the British to view themselves and their empire in new methods.
Written by means of an Africanist and a historian of imperial Britain and illustrated with maps and pictures, Africans and Britons within the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 provides a uniquely wealthy point of view for realizing either African and British history.
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At a basic level its impact was felt far less suddenly by the communities from which the slaves departed, because their removal was spread across more than a millennium. Between 800 and 1900 CE some four million slaves crossed the Sahara to be sold in the Islamic societies of North Africa and the Middle East, and another two million traveled north along the Nile corridor from Ethiopia and Sudan. Most were women – unlike in the trans-Atlantic trade – and the bulk of them served in the homes of middleand upper-class Muslims in cities of the region; others worked for caravans, in mines, on farms, or in the armies of military leaders.
They lived separately from the common people and were thus absent and remote. At the peak of the slave trade, the oracle demanded “fines” for perceived offences and demanded that they be paid in slaves. The oracle would then “eat” the slaves: slaves were brought to the entrance of the cave where the oracle and its priests were located and were then sold through Old Calabar to European slavers. 6 The Aro traders themselves, who became wealthy from their connection with the oracle, made little attempt to disguise the fact that the entire thing was a cunning manipulation of the peoples and customs of their home areas.
Hungry, sick, and lacking adequate shelter, many others abandoned their settlement to join the slavers at Bunce Island, where they could at least find food. The slavers, eager to undermine the entire abolitionist purpose of the colony, conspired with a local subchief, King Jimmy, who ordered the remaining residents of Granville Town to leave. Then he burned down their houses. The initial effort to colonize Sierra Leone with free blacks had proved a disaster. 24 The slave trade, abolition, and beyond But abolitionists, driven by a variety of motives, refused to let this setback divert their efforts.