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

ISBN-10: 1461408350

ISBN-13: 9781461408352

ISBN-10: 1461408369

ISBN-13: 9781461408369

African Ethnobotany within the Americas presents the 1st finished exam of ethnobotanical wisdom and talents one of the African Diaspora within the Americas. top students at the topic discover the advanced dating among plant use and which means one of the descendants of Africans within the New international. by using archival and box learn conducted in North the United States, South the US, and the Caribbean, individuals discover the historic, environmental, and political-ecological components that facilitated/hindered transatlantic ethnobotanical diffusion; the function of Africans as lively 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 vital different types of plant use that resulted; the trade of information between Amerindian, eu and different African peoples; and the altering importance of African-American ethnobotanical traditions within the twenty first century.

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

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Here a new narrative emerges, one that engages the role of enslaved Africans in instigating the cultivation of familiar plants in new lands. Slave Agency in Instigating the Cultivation of African Foodstaples Over 350 years of the transatlantic slave trade, it took an estimated 30,000 slave voyages to carry the 11 million Africans documented to have landed in the Americas (Eltis et al. 1999). In fact, until the first decade of the nineteenth century, more Africans arrived in the Americas than Europeans.

Miège but including two Asian species – malagueta pepper, millet, and sorghum. ” In French, it was gros mil. Eltis, Morgan, and Richardson cite sorghum (EMR 2007: 1356 n. 58) as an example of an African domesticate that “did not take off as an Atlantic crop” because, though slaves knew all about it, Euro-American entrepreneurs were not interested. This was not a particularly apt choice by the authors, who themselves mistake “Guinea corn” and “country corn” for millet (EMR 2007: 1345), since the United States is now the world’s no.

But enough circumstantial evidence exists to make its introduction quasi-certain. Before detailing that evidence, I might usefully observe that a slew of other plants either domesticated in Africa or domesticated elsewhere but transmitted from Africa during the slave trade reached the New World largely unnoticed. They include some of the most important additions to the Western Hemisphere’s crop inventory: akee, cowpea (black-eyed pea), kola nut, okra, roselle/sorrel, tamarind, and watermelon among African domesticates; cinnamon, ginger, indigo, pigeon pea, and taro of Asian origin; chickpeas and purslane of Mediterranean provenance; and the castor-oil plant and sesame of disputed pedigree (Grimé 1979; Carney 2001b: 377–396, 2003: 167–185).

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